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Intel Introduces Ultrabook PC's with Thunderbolt Data Transfer Technology at IDF 2011

PCs equipped with Intel’s Thunderbolt data transfer technology will be introduced next year, the chip maker has revealed.

Intel has revealed during its developers conference that Asus and Acer will release the first ultralight and sleek Ultrabook PCs with Thunderbolt technology - which is significantly faster than USB 3.0.

The technology, which is about 20 times faster than USB 3.0 with transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, is only available in Apple’s Mac desktops and laptops. But now, Windows compatible PCs will be able to offer the superior I/O technology as well.

Intel showed off an Ultrabook laptop running the Windows 8 platform as well as the new Haswell processor to be released in 2013. The new processor features a 20x reduction in power consumption which gives the Ultrabook a 10-hour battery life.

“Intel's Thunderbolt controllers interconnect a PC and other devices, transmitting and receiving packetized traffic for both PCIe and DisplayPort protocols. Thunderbolt technology works on data streams in both directions, at the same time, so users get the benefit of full bandwidth in both directions, over a single cable,” Intel explains on the Thunderbolt page (opens in new tab).