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Intel Light Peak rumored launching early, Apple a candidate

updated 11:25 pm EDT, Wed November 3, 2010

Inte Light Peak may get early debut, Apple first

Intel's Light Peak technology may be launching much earlier than expected if a slip tonight is an indicator. Despite talk of it not showing in computers until 2012, a contact aware of the development of the fiber optic technology said the first products with Light Peak would ship in the first half of the year, and likely in the earlier part of that period. Talking to CNET, the purported insider didn't name the company or the type of products involved.

Apple has already been singled out as a candidate to be the first with the technology. While rumors that it was directly responsible for the technology have been downplayed, it was eventually confirmed one of the companies asked for input as to how the technology would advance. One rumor asserted that Light Peak-supporting Macs would arrive as soon as the end of 2010, though with no new Macs expected before the end of 2010, the rumor is either false or saw the end products delayed.

The technology was primarily designed as an interconnect within a computer and will initially transfer 10Gbps, or twice as much as USB 3.0. Although it may become an external port standard of its own, it may first focus on piping data to multiple USB, FireWire and even Ethernet connectors without having to have a separate backend for each. Using Light Peak could help reduce space and speed constraints in notebooks as well as accelerate the performance of the peripherals themselves.

Intel has shown Light Peak used for direct connections, such as dual HD video streaming.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe that's another reason Steve said that

    USB 3.0 wasn't ready for prime time. He might have been thinking about skipping USB 3.0 completely and going directly to Light Peak. Whatever. I'm just guessing wildly because I'd like to see Apple be one of the first to use it.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's what I said when he rejected USB 3

    LightPeak is on its way. It's going to change _everything_ .

  1. anly

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    looking good, hopefully it will make it in the next rounds of Macbook Pro's...

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    USB3: Same as Kindle

    Like the Kindle, USB3 is transitional, temporary technology.
    Some may adopt it, but it's already dead.

    Light Peak is true next generation tech. I suspect it'll kill off USB3, eSATA and probably FireWire, too.

    Light Peak has Apple written all over it. Apple will release it first and as usual, the rest will follow.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Three Things To Hope

    1. That this happens soon. Light peak will, if I remember all the stuff it can do, wipe practically everything else off the map.

    2. That Macs get it early. Apple can take a suspiciously long time to incorporate these things. (Then again, they're already publicly playing with it, which is a good sign.)

    3. That Intel doesn't do a lousy job on it. (Let's face it -- news that it's ahead of its projected development cycle can conceivably mean that they're rushing it into production and sweeping bugs under the carpet, which would mean it will fail in the marketplace when it turns out that chaining more than two devices make it explode or something stupid like that.)

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If Steve doesn't want it


    Kinda like BluRay storage.

  1. tundaman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    but if Steve DO want it

    Then wrenchy will bash it.

    Kinda everything mac-related

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: That's what I said when he rejected USB 3

    LightPeak is on its way. It's going to change _everything_ .

    The article states it was designed primarily for internal component connectivity and could be used to connect USB, ethernet, firewire, etc, to the motherboard. However, you would apparently still have USB, Firewire, and ethernet.

    So how does this bypass USB 3.0? Without USB 3, you're USB peripherals are still at USB 2.0 speeds, no matter how 'fast' the bus talks.

    And isn't that the complaint you all post on USB 3.0? That drives can't even come close to that speed? So how is LightPeak going to make your hard disks work faster?

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And all this talk is still just talk. Just like those idiots who were sorely disappointed that the macs released this Spring didn't include LightPeak.

    And, BTW, saying the 'first product with lightpeak' should ship in the second half of next year means nothing, since all that might be is silicon for hardware manufacturers to start playing with.

    USB 3.0 devices started appearing the beginning of this year, which means the manufacturers had to have components to test with last year. And still, 9 months later, you all say it isn't even ready for prime time, hardware makers don't include it, etc.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what means LP w SB?

    Light Peak with :Sandy BRidge. What does this really mean in terms of system responsiveness? Is it going to be faster than what now exists for internal hard drive/ Flash drive interconnect?

    Will there be an optical-only interconnect for an ipod/iPhone, so sync happens in an instant?

    Could this really be happening in the spring 2011? Tell me it is!

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