Intel and Apple introduced Thunderbolt technology with much fanfare earlier this year, but since then the number of products shipping with the new super-fast interface has been limited to new Macs and a handful of peripherals. According to a DigiTimes report, that could change in a big way next year, as the site claims that some big PC names plan to introduce Thunderbolt support in their products in 2012.
In particular, Asus and Sony are named in the report as PC makers who will be rolling out Thunderbolt support for their systems. In addition, component maker Gigabyte is expected to release a Thunderbolt-based motherboard in April 2012 to differentiate itself from the competition. Because Intel has supposedly revealed to its partners that it will fully launch Thunderbolt in April, we could also potentially see more announcements at CES.
I've contacted an Intel rep to find out the company's response to this report, but have received no reply yet. (Not surprising, considering that most tech companies are dormant during this holiday week.)
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