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Intel Thunderbolt For Everyone In April

Question asked by Swagatam M in #Coffee Room on Dec 27, 2011
Swagatam M
Swagatam M · Dec 27, 2011
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After the announcement of Thunderbolt back in February, Windows PC users have been waiting get their hands on since then. Now Intel has officially announced the availability of Thunderbolt for Windows based desktops and notebooks starting April 2012.


Competing with USB 3.0, Intel had partnered with Apple to standardize Thunderbolt since February. Apple had this port on MacBook Pro notebooks and then on most of its products like iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Mini and even on its Monitors. With the customer base that Apple possesses, the technology gained popularity, which forced Intel to think about extending the availability of the port to other users too.

The cost of each chip of Thunderbolt is more than $20 now and it is expected to drop during the second half of 2012 prompting a wide scale adaptation of the technology in the near future. It is also reported that Sony will be one of the first to pick up this technology in to their line-up of products along with Asus. Other hardware players like Gigabyte and ASRock are also expected to incorporate Thunderbolt into their motherboards sooner with an eye to compete with Asus.

The Thunderbolt technology differs from the next-gen USB 3.0 technology in terms of data transmission speeds. The USB 3.0 has transmission speeds of 5 Gbit/s when compared to 10 Gbit/s speeds of Thunderbolt. The obvious faster technology is coming this April and it would be interesting to see whether it gets a wide adaptation or would fade away like Firewire.

Source: Digitimes  |  Image source: Laptopmag Posted in: #Coffee Room

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