DigiTimes reports Intel's Thunderbolt will no longer be a Mac exclusive starting April 2012 as several first-tier PC makers plan to adopt the technology. At present Thunderbolt still costs over $20 a pop, but the cost is expected to drop in the second half of 2012.
Intel has recently notified its partners that the company will fully release its Thunderbolt technology in April of 2012 with several first-tier PC players already preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs, according to sources from PC players.
To speed up the standardization of Thunderbolt, Intel is cooperating with Apple and Apple is the sole vendor currently to have PC products featuring Thunderbolt technology. As demand for the technology has seen obvious growth, Intel is ready to release the technology for public use.