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Intel's Thunderbolt technology coming to PCs in 2012

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Intel's Thunderbolt input/output technology is coming to the PC market in 2012.

The high-speed data transmission tech, currently exclusive to Apple's iMac and MacBook lines, will launch for other home computers to coincide with the introduction of the new 22nm Ivy Bridge processors.

Intel faces competition on the input/output tech front from USB 3.0 hardware, which offers transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s. Renesas Electronics, Fresco Logic, Texas Instruments, NEC and Nvidia are among the leading manufacturers of such devices.

Asus and Acer previously announced that they are launching Thunderbolt-compatible PCs in 2012, and are expected to be among the first companies offering non-Mac computers supporting the technology.

Sony is expected to adopt the tech for its products, while Asustek Computer could do the same for its high-end notebook machines. Gigabyte Technology is also expected to develop compatible motherboards in 2012, DigiTimes reports.

Intel's Thunderbolt technology is expected to hit the PC market in April 2012.

> Intel cuts forecast for Q4 on supply problems

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