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Intel Thunderbolt may become a standard PC spec by 2013

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Ivy Bridge boards to have optical Thunderbolt

According to a new report by DigiTimes, sources close to the information technology industry's top PC manufacturers are giving hints that Intel's Thunderbolt technology could very well become a standard for PCs in 2013.

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The manufacturers in question include Lenovo, Asustek and many others who are preparing to launch 22nm Ivy Bridge-based motherboards on Intel's upcoming Panther Point chipset (see: Intel 7-series chipsets). While Intel's current Thunderbolt spec for Sandy Bridge-based motherboards on the Cougar Point chipset (see: Intel 6-series) is based on copper cabling, manufacturers expect Intel will shift to optical cables for Ivy Bridge which will bring higher bandwidth and longer cable lengths.

Of course, DigiTimes is clear to note that Thunderbolt optical cables likely won't be adopted for Ivy Bridge-based motherboards until the end of 2012, meaning the first few months of initial products in Q2 and Q3 may feature conventional copper cabling.

Last modified on 17 March 2012
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