With Intel and Apple announcing the release of the new Thunderbolt interface on new Apple MacBook Pros last week, the obvious question is how long before we see Intel deliver it on the PC platform.
We asked Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer MSI’s local Australian office and a spokesperson believed that Intel “does not expect to see Thunderbolt widely available on the PC platform until next year.”
The spokesperson said that given Thunderbolt is an Intel-Apple joint venture technology, they do not expect to see the new technology outside of Apple “in the near future”.
Apple debuted the new high-speed serial port in its latest MacBook Pro lineup released last week. Thunderbolt is said to offer data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps for devices ranging from external storage to multiple monitors. The new interface piggy-backs on existing DisplayPort hardware and includes bi-directional 10Gbps data transfer channels.