Intel expected to show off the Light Peak connection technology

February 23, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog
Light Peak module close-up with laser light added for illustration (actual infrared light is invisible to the eye).

( -- Intel is expected to show off its new Light Peak on Thursday. The Light Peak is a high-speed connection technology that several industry insiders have hinted that Apple is likely to adopt in future products. While nothing is confirmed at this point Intel set a statement to media outlets today stating that on Thursday in San Francisco the company will host a press briefing to discuss, "a new technology that is about to appear on the market."

No word has been given yet as to whether or not this is related to another press event that Intel is holding at its campus in Santa Clara, Calif., where the company is going to be conducting product demonstrations.

Intel has been working on the for several years now. It is expected to be significantly faster than a USB 3.0, carrying, and able to carry data at a rate of 10 gigabits per second in both directions simultaneously. The Light Peak may also be able to scale up to a rate of 100 gigabits per second, according to Intel.

The connection to Apple is only made stronger by the fact that is also expected to make a big product announcement on Thursday, which may include both its new line of MacBook Pros, and possibly an update to its line of iMac desktop computers. Though no solid word has been give on the iMac update at this time.

Intel Research has released an overview of the Light Peak technology online that can be found at, for anyone who is interested in learning more about the optical-based device.

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5 / 5 (1) Feb 23, 2011
Lately we are so much ahead in making new hardware so much better as compared to making practical applications.
5 / 5 (3) Feb 24, 2011
What's the point of this? Consumers will never use 1Gbps, 10Gbps or even 100Gbps connections, ISPs are throttling customers' bandwidth, capping usage and plan to chop up the Internet into a tiered system (pay more to view Facebook, Twitter etc). It's pointless for anything but government and military. It's like having a ferrari you can only drive at 200mph but only a mile per day.

Troll much? This is about replacing USB, not Ethernet.

Also, in case you didn't understand. If networking technology was faster, ISPs could offer higher caps/bandwidth.
5 / 5 (1) Feb 24, 2011
A famous quote comes to mind,

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
3 / 5 (2) Feb 24, 2011
The whole concept of ISPs needs to be done away with. Why are we required to pay some middle man a fee to connect to someone else's computer?
5 / 5 (1) Feb 24, 2011
really QC --

We pay them, and will continue to pay them happily and with a smile on our face because we use their infrastructure that they paid for. They provide high speed routers and fiber optic cables criss crossing the country and they pay to connect to other bigger networks. So I am happy to pay for them. -- BUT this has nothing to do with this article

Ant this is actually not really about replacing USB -- that was just the spin that the author put on this article -- intel is trying to replace ALL interconnects. This technology would therefore be good for connecting monitors, all periphirals devices cameras, data drives, telephones, tablets... but also replacing the SATA drive cables, and the Blu-ray to mobo cables, replacing everything in a computer that currently uses a physical cable outside of power transmission can be upgraded to this technology.... and thats not all -- they are laying the foundation to use this to replace the regular busses as well
1 / 5 (1) Feb 24, 2011
No more need for USB or SATA or HDMI or PCI etc..
We could connect everything using lightpeak.. your tv, your SSD hard drive. the speeds will be incredible..

Now we just need a comparitive version for ethernet, well maybe it could replace ethernet to. 1Gbps speeds on your LAN, nice for transfering files or sending streams to your tv directly.

Nice... gotta love intel.

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