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Thunderbolt Coming to PCs in April 2012

DigiTimes reports that Intel has notified partners that the company will "fully release" its Thunderbolt technology in April 2012. Intel is reportedly preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs at that time.

Intel and Apple originally partnered on the new technology which has become standard across Apple's MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac. Digitimes reports that the cost of Thunderbolt technology is expected to drop in the second half of 2012, allowing more widespread adoption.

While Apple does offer Thunderbolt across most of its product line, the first Thunderbolt products have been limited to relatively high end devices. More widespread adoption should help drive adoption by accessory makers that will benefit both Mac and PC users that use Thunderbolt.

Intel has always said that they see both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt as complementary technologies and plans to support both in their 2012 motherboards.

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34 months ago
Finally! Hopefully we get some cheap TB gadgets soon:D
Rating: 26 Votes
34 months ago

Makes sense:[list]
[*]USB 3 for keyboards, mice and occasional fast transfers like thumb drives.
[*]Thunderbolt for monitors, and applications requiring fast external HHD/SSD times, etc.
[/list]

Sounds good. :)


So USB 3.0, which is 10x faster than 2.0, is only good for USB 1.0 stuff (mice, keyboards)?!

Get real. USB 3.0 has been on the PC for well over a year now and literally hundreds of devices are 3.0 compliant while TB has what...literally 4 devices?!

I have 2 USB 3.0 drives and they absolutely fly compared to their 2.0 cousins. Even if USB 3.0 is merely 3x faster, that's still incredibly fast...that cuts my 160GB backup from a few hours to UNDER 1 hour. 3x the speed means 3x faster of course...so something taking 90 seconds now takes 30 seconds...or 30 minutes now taking 10 minutes.

Thunderbolt will be used by 1% of the world's consumers...just like Firewire. TB missed the boat on adoption.
Rating: 17 Votes
34 months ago
Too late.

USB 3.0 has already proven to be more than adequate for general use. 750mb/s transfer speeds are more than acceptable on USB 3.0. That said, there are far more devices available for USB 3.0, and all older devices can already work with USB 3.0. I dont need to change *any* of my current USB 2.0 devices for USB 3.0 connectivity.... NOT the case with Thunberbolt.

Having said that, Thunderbolt is borderline already Firewire, but it most definitely will be.

The proper way around this is; supply all computers with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.

Regular consumers are not going to be bothered with another port when all older devices can work on USB 2.0 and 3.0, much more for the reason that most of them wont require anything more than faster speeds, which USB 3.0's 750mb/s is perfectly fine for.
Rating: 17 Votes
34 months ago

I did a search for UltraCock (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=UltraCock), but none of the NSFW hits had anything to do with computers. ;)


Sorry 'bout that, autocorrect substituted my superhero name for the product name...
Rating: 16 Votes
34 months ago
Makes sense:[list]
[*]USB 3 for keyboards, mice and occasional fast transfers like thumb drives.
[*]Thunderbolt for monitors, and applications requiring fast external HHD/SSD times, etc.
[/list]

Sounds good. :)
Rating: 16 Votes
34 months ago

So, maybe by April 2012, someone will finally take my money and sell me an updated WiebeTech UltraCock drive dock and/or an updated NewerTech Voyager that adds Thunderbolt (with daisy chaining) to the FireWire and eSATA on the current versions.....


I did a search for UltraCock (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=UltraCock), but none of the NSFW hits had anything to do with computers. ;)
Rating: 16 Votes
34 months ago

In the meantime ... http://www.magma.com/thunderbolt.asp


...according to your link:

In general interoperability with Windows is more straightforward than interoperability with MacOS. The MacOS driver for the PCIe card must be modified/updated to be ‘Thunderbolt Aware’. No changes to drivers are required for support under Windows.
...
There is an interoperability issue with MacOS using graphics (GPU) cards externally through Thunderbolt. Unfortunately, external graphics solutions for MacOS X do not work and we do not expect a resolution from Apple in the short term.


It looks like "the world's most advanced OS" needs some work to match the world's most popular OS.... ;)
Rating: 15 Votes
34 months ago

Makes sense:[list]
[*]USB 3 for keyboards, mice and occasional fast transfers like thumb drives.
[*]Thunderbolt for monitors, and applications requiring fast external HHD/SSD times, etc.
[/list]

Sounds good. :)



Yes, just like Firewire. And look how well that went! oh wait... :)
Rating: 14 Votes
34 months ago
I want to see cheaper hard drives and the like for Thunderbolt soon. :D
Rating: 12 Votes
34 months ago

Ah, but you can connect FW800 into your Thunderbolt connector.


...for only $99 and a $50 cable! ;)
Rating: 11 Votes

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