Intel to Bring Thunderbolt Technology to PCs

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 27 December 2011 16:58

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News that Intel will be bringing Thunderbolt to PCs was recently told by Intel to top-tier PC makers. It's expected to launch in April 2012. Thunderbolt, like Firewire, was taken up by Apple but now will be joining the PC market. USB 3.0 is slower than Thunderbolt, as Thunderbolt is 10Gb/s and can be used both for displays and for data transfer. The USB 3.0 specification is at only 4.8Gb/s, so Thunderbolt is quite a bit faster. But so is Firewire compared to USB 2.0, but USB 2.0 is much more popular. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out, because the world is quite different than back when USB 2.0 and Firewire were competing. Companies such as Sony, Asus, and Gigabyte are expected to come out with thunderbolt components such as laptops and motherboards when the release happens. You can read more about it here.