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Intel sees computers carrying Light Peak only in 2012

updated 11:15 am EDT, Thu September 16, 2010

Intel doesn't see Light Peak ready for two years

Intel at the tail end of its Developer Forum said it didn't expect Light Peak to be shipping in computers or other devices until 2012. The chipsets to drive the fiber optic data link will be ready by late 2011, but system builders are unlikely to have complete systems that year. The remarks push back the technology back a year later than initially suggested, although Intel hasn't attributed any delays to the new schedule.

A 2012 launch would partly help support USB 3.0. The 5Gbps external connectors may only be reaching Intel's own chipsets next year and will take time to reach widespread adoption, by which point Light Peak will be more useful.

Light Peak will reach at least 10Gbps and is meant primarily to host USB, FireWire and other connection types on a single interface. It could potentially serve as a direct port in the future and may scale as high as 100Gbps in the long term. Intel has already envisioned it providing fast syncing for smartphones and other devices but has shown it streaming multiple video feeds and other techniques that are difficult or impractical today.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    well duh

    All the idiots somehow expecting LightPeak macs this year (and by now, as those disappointed folks who whined about it missing from the last mac updates) were completely insane.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm waiting until they've got

    I'm waiting until they've got heavy peak working.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So, uh, Apple....

    ....can we have USB3 now, since your replacement is 2 years away?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: So uh Apple

    No, no USB3 for you!

    Apple is so far ahead of the curve here, they've killed USB 3 from the Mac before even adding it! In 5-10 years, you'll be laughing at all those people who bought computers with USB 3 support that, in 2020, will be useless!

  1. chas_m



    Sounds like ...

    ... Intel is just adjusting their efforts to coordinate better with the PC world. USB3 hasn't "caught on" in the marketplace yet and is expected to need another year or two to do so. It seems that Intel wants superfast external connectors to go with these superfast internal ones (not to mention a newer generation of chips that are likely to be shipping then).

    Despite Apple having been a USB pioneer back in the 90s, I think the company will likely not adopt USB3 until it reaches consumer-level acceptance. There's also the question of what LP will do for Firewire. I notice that Intel *consistently* refers to FW in LP press releases.

    So it seems like 2012 is going to be a big year tech-wise, and a good year to upgrade your C2D machines.

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