Intel Thunderbolt to become more widely available

Intel’s Thunderbolt  – which has only really been seen on Apple machines is about to receive a wider release.

According to DigiTimes, Chipzilla has told its partners that the company will fully release its Thunderbolt technology in April of 2012.

It claimed that several first-tier PC players already preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs.

Apple is the sole vendor which has PC products featuring Thunderbolt technology and its acceptance by the great unwashed has been one of the main reasons why Intel wants to release the technology into the mainstream computer market.

However it still has a few problems to overcome. The first is that a Thunderbolt chip costs more than $20 and the technology is in conflict with USB 3.0 which is widely seen as likely to kick it into touch.

Intel seems to think that because Apple largely adopted the technology into its products such as monitor, MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Mini then people with real computers will be killing themselves to get the technology.

The hope is that in mass production Thunderbolt will cost less in the second half of 2012 and should be standardised.

Sony has indicated that it will use Thunderbolt technology into its product lines with players and Asustek wants it for its high-end notebook products. Gigabyte has been aggressively adopting new transmission technology into its product line and will launch a Thunderbolt-featured motherboard in April of 2012.