Cult of Mac is reporting that Intel is about to fully release Thunderbolt technology for all PC manufacturers in this first quarter.
The article says ‘Intel has allegedly tapped several big-name PC makers to produce Thunderbolt-equipped motherboards, notebooks, and desktop PCs next year. The partnership with Apple was apparently meant to help the “standardization of Thunderbolt,” but Intel now seems to think that it’s time to branch out. Sony has reportedly voiced interest in adopting Thunderbolt already.’
This would of course then allow all third party developers to start producing products based around the technology such as host racks for cards like Pro Tools HDX and Native - all speculation of course, but without a standardisation across all platforms then Thunderbolt has limited uses.