updated 12:50 am EST, Sun February 20, 2011
Light Peak may get Apple intro soon
Apple is due to unveil its use of Light Peak soon, a rumor late Saturday suggested. Intel's 10Gbps peripheral interface is due to be made public by Apple soon but would get a different name inside the Mac. The CNET tip didn't confirm whether or not it would be part of the new MacBook Pros coming soon.
Clues as to Light Peak's timing may have come from Intel itself. It had repeatedly pushed back the launch to2012 but recently gave signs that it had been moved up for reasons to go. Architecture lead David Perlmutter has said that the technology is now ready to be used but by using copper, not the namesake fiber optic pipes, to reach the intended speed. Suspicions have been raised that Apple helped accelerate the technology, as it was already instrumental in providing input on the standard by itself..
Light Peak is about twice as fast as USB 3.0 and has multiple possible uses. Most implementations are expected to use it as an internal interconnect that shares input from multiple different connection types, such as FireWire and USB, over a simpler cable. Intel has expressed hope that it might get a dedicated port of its own and could be used for faster single connections or even sharing multiple outside devices on a single link. Apple could use Light Peak to eliminate internal bottlenecks, but it could also provide an external port for specialty purposes, such as attaching an external breakout box for ports.
Intel hasn't commented on the assertions, which if tied first to the MacBook Pro could be made public as soon as next week.