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Intel says its 'Light Peak' is ready

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 11 Jan 2011 23:21 User comments (3)

Intel says its 'Light Peak' is ready Intel is now considering it's Light Peak interconnect technology, made to connect PCs to devices like displays and external storage, is ready for implementation.
Light Peak was announced in 2009 by Intel and was originally presented as a fiber optic solution to connecting devices to PCs. However, Intel also tested Light Peak using copper and said the results surpassed all of their expectations.

"The copper came out very good, surprisingly better than what we thought," David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Architecture Group, said. "Optical is always a new technology which is more expensive."

Intel had said it expected devices using Light Peak technology to begin shipping in late 2010 or early 2011, and Perlmutter said that it depends on device makers for now. The company said the technology, using fiber optics, would deliver bandwidths starting at 10Gbps over distances of up to 100 meters.

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112.1.2011 23:10

I bet it's going to be a long while till we start seeing a significant number of devices with Light Peak. It's up to the manufactures to decide whether it's worth it to add another port to compete with USB 3.0, HDMI, Display Port, Firewire, SATA 3.0, and others.

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213.1.2011 13:19
lissenup2
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Fiber interconnects or the like is absolutely the way it should be. No more IDE, no more SATA, and ditch SCSI. Fiber everything. Skinnier cables, way faster transmissions, highly reliable.

I'm down for a 300x blu-ray writer and 10Gb HDD transfer speeds.

313.1.2011 14:30

Originally posted by lissenup2:
Fiber interconnects or the like is absolutely the way it should be. No more IDE, no more SATA, and ditch SCSI. Fiber everything. Skinnier cables, way faster transmissions, highly reliable.

I'm down for a 300x blu-ray writer and 10Gb HDD transfer speeds.
but are you willing to shell out 600-1000 bucks a device, electric to pulse light modulation is still relatively expensive in large networking devices, let alone one small enough to fit on drives and other components.


besides disk based systems couldn't spin fast enough and SDD's would Melt do to the amount of voltage to sustain 10Gb transfer's.

making this tech utterly useless at the moment.

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