Acer, Asus to Adopt Thunderbolt in 2012

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Acer and Asus plan on bringing PCs equipped with Thunderbolt to market in 2012, according to Intel. At the annual Intel Developer Forum, the company demonstrated a prototype Windows 7 PC with Thunderbolt, a connection technology developed by Intel and Apple and heretofore available only on Macs.

Thunderbolt is a next-generation display and peripheral connection technology that offers a theoretical maximum of 10Gbps of throughput, dwarfing even FireWire 800, which has a theoretical maximum of 800Mbps of throughput. It can also be daisy chained, meaning you can have a RAID and a display on the same chain, with plenty of room left over for a printer and several other devices.

Apple introduced Thunderbolt to the world with the release of new MacBook pro models in February of 2011. In May, the company released new iMacs with Thunderbolts, and Mac minis followed in June, and then the MacBook Air in July. The only remaining Mac without Thunderbolt is the Mac Pro.

Despite the millions of Macs that are now in the wild with this technology, there are so far only a few Thunderbolt-equipped external hard drives and Apple’s own Thunderbolt Cinema Display available to take advantage of it. With Acer and Asus coming on board, this should boost hardware makers’ interest in the technology.

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Good. I was beginning to worry that Thunderbolt would end up as an Apple only orphan.


I never thought for a moment TB would die on the vine or be an Apple-only solution.  Heck, it’s developed by Intel with assistance from Apple.  It eliminates the cable mess, expands interface solutions, and with the right setup, it’ll be future-proof for a long time.

When USB3 is a real standard, TB is ready.  I look forward to 100gbps bandwidth when the fiber portion is perfected and affordable.

I’ll bet money the iHaters and whiners will clam up now that the general PC companies are getting on the TB bandwagon.


I wasn’t sure either. A lot of smart people are content to let things be. Look whom it took to get USB onto computers. It wasn’t Hp, Gateway, IBM, Compaq, or that progressive by most, Dell, to chime that bell. ‘Twas the spell of Apple. The company that almost wasn’t. And now that it is, the rest are ready to jump on its wagon.

Claude B.

@sflocal, I agree with your comment.
I’m very happy to learn that Acer and Asus will jump the Thunderbolt.
In the PC gang, They are both recognized, by the expert, as the best computers in 2011.
Only to have those compagnies with TB is a tremendous positive way for the acceptation of the superiority of that product.

Mac product had a year to be the only one to use it in exclusivity.

Soon that barrier will be gone and Asus and Acer are the first one.
Whose next?

I’m with an iMac.

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