Report: Thunderbolt due for PCs in April

Major PC manufacturers are preparing Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktops for April 2012, according to sources who have spoken to Digitimes.Apple, to date, is the only major computer manufacturer to have rolled out Intel's next-generation data transfer technology on its devices.

Major PC manufacturers are preparing Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktops for April 2012, according to sources who have spoken to Digitimes.

Apple, to date, is the only major computer manufacturer to have rolled out Intel's next-generation data transfer technology on its devices.

"As demand for the technology has seen obvious growth, Intel is ready to release the technology for public use," Digitimes wrote on Tuesday.

Thunderbolt was launched by Intel in February. The technology is capable of dual bi-directional transfer over copper cable at 10Gbps per channel.

In May analyst Brian O'Rourke warned that Thunderbolt could see tepid take-up by PC manufacturers due to the expense of implementing it and overlapping functionality with USB 3.0.