Intel Thunderbolt to Strike Windows PCs in April 2012
According to reports, Intel is telling its hardware partners that it will rain down its Thunderbolt technology on the Windows PC market in April 2012, news of which prompted several first-tier PC makers to prepare for the launch of natively supported motherboards, notebooks, and desktop PCs.
Presumably it will be a fair bit cheaper to implement Thunderbolt on PCs than it was when it was first announced. At the time, a Thunderbolt chip ran more than $20. Thunderbolt's high costs along with reasonably priced third-party USB 3.0 chips inevitably resulted in a lukewarm response from the IT industry. But with prices expected to drop in the first half of next year, Intel feels it's time for Thunderbolt to strike.