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Intel Thunderbolt may reach Windows in April with Apple help

updated 11:25 pm EST, Mon December 26, 2011

Thunderbolt said ready to go for April

Intel's Thunderbolt for Windows PCs could arrive in April, purported insiders stated Monday night. Apple is reportedly helping Intel adopt the standard the two co-created, Digitimes heard. PC builders ASUS and Sony, as well as mainboard builders ASRock and Gigabyte, are expected to be part of the first wave.

Apple is believed to have achieved Intel's hoped-for goal of building an ecosystem of demand and accessories. The expansion would help overcome some of the trepidation over the standard, where a Thunderbolt controller chip is believed to cost over $20 where USB 3.0 is much cheaper.

Thunderbolt was developed partly at Apple's prompting to develop a very high-speed yet small cable that could also merge the display signal. Although few devices exist that use it, it has given Apple an advantage where even a MacBook Air can use a multi-disk external RAID drive as quickly as it could if it were an internal drive. USB 3.0 is less expensive but has half the effective bandwidth and isn't officially meant to drive more than data, although it can be used for video.

An April target may be a clue as to when the first Ivy Bridge chips are in the market in earnest. Intel rarely launches chipsets and their processors separately.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Inkling

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    Joined: Jul 2006

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    Good news

    That's good news. I'd feared that Apple would attempt to hoard and control Thunderbolt like it did Firewire, resulting in a standard few adopted. Looks like they've learned a lesson. I hope they'll do the same with a clever MagSafe-like connector that'd be a replacement for the current Ethernet one. A lot of corporate environments can't use WiFi for security or other issues.

    Now we need is a wider variety of Thunderbolt-driven displays from Apple and others. Apple's 27-inch display is marvelous, particularly for hooking up a laptop. But it's too large and expensive for many people.

  1. Salty

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    Joined: Jul 2005

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    What would be great

    What would be great is if we could have Thunderbolt over Magsafe. :)

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Yeah, big advantage!

    Although few devices exist that use it, it has given Apple an advantage where even a MacBook Air can use a multi-disk external RAID drive as quickly as it could if it were an internal drive.

    Yeah, that's one great advantage. Well, for the geekbench crowd. Since most people don't have an external hard drive, let alone an external RAID system, let alone a RAID system with a thunderbolt port, it really isn't much of an overall advantage.

    Oh, BTW, a lot of laptops have an eSATA port which can also run an external RAID system with the speed of an internal hard drive. Or you could use your ExpressCard slot. Oh, but why quibble about minor things like details.

    Oh, and did you need to mention the RAID system was 'multi-disk'? Didn't realize you could RAID a single drive!

  1. testudo

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    Re: Good news

    That's good news. I'd feared that Apple would attempt to hoard and control Thunderbolt like it did Firewire, resulting in a standard few adopted.

    First problem, Thunderbolt is NOT an Apple technology. The ONLY thing it owes to Apple is the miniDisplayPort adapter, which Intel decided to implement so they could get the product out into the market quicker. Plus Apple had already made that a royalty free specification (and it has yet to take off yet either).

    Second problem. Maybe you missed the part about the reason Intel is pushing for this. It's so THEY can control the spec and the hardware and make tons of money on it as best they can. USB 3.0 is an open spec and relatively cheap to add to motherboards. Thunderbolt is NOT, and, as such, will cost everyone who wants to use it. And remember people complained about Apple wanting like $1 extra for using firewire. And what does Intel want? $20?

    I hope they'll do the same with a clever MagSafe-like connector that'd be a replacement for the current Ethernet one. A lot of corporate environments can't use WiFi for security or other issues.

    OK, they can't use wi-fi. How does a magsafe-like connector help? I can plug a network cable into my laptop. Or my desktop. It's still a cable. And just what people want, an easy to disconnect network connection so they can disrupt a long file transfer and have to start over from scratch.

    And you do realize that there is a reason Apple never implemented magsafe on anything but laptops, right? It's because there's a battery in the computer in case it disconnects, which the desktops lack. The only backup for network is wifi, but you're trying to fix an issue where you don't have wifi.

    Oh, and since Apple never licensed MagSafe to anyone, what makes you think they've "Learned their lesson"?

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