Seagate and Western Digital confirmed they will adopt Intel's Thunderbolt technology. Both companies plan to launch Thunderbolt products in 2011, Apple's first MacBook Pro systems with Thunderbolt will arrive next month while Thunderbolt PCs from other OEMs may not arrive until early 2012.
"Seagate will support Thunderbolt with our external GoFlex drives with in calendar year 2011," said Nathan Papadopulos, senior manager of corporate communications at Seagate.
Seagate was not among the companies, who openly supported the standard with Intel, Apple, WD and others. This fact makes the announcement even more important.
"Western Digital believes Thunderbolt technology will bring both new performance levels and simpler connectivity for consumers to access and enjoy their digital media in new and innovative ways," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing at Western Digital.