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An Intel executive on Friday said that its Light Peak interconnect technology, designed to link PCs to devices like displays and external storage, is ready for implementation.

Light Peak, announced in 2009, was originally designed to use fiber optics to transmit data among systems and devices, but the initial builds will be based on copper, said David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Architecture Group, in an interview with IDG News Service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

"The copper came out very good, surprisingly better than what we thought," Perlmutter said. "Optical is always a new technology which is more expensive," he added.

Perlmutter declined to comment on when devices using Light Peak would reach store shelves, saying shipment depended on device makers. Intel has in the past said that devices with Light Peak technology would start shipping in late 2010 or early this year.

For the majority of user needs today, copper is good, Perlmutter said. But data transmission is much faster over fiber optics, which will increasingly be used by vendors in Light Peak implementations.

Intel has said Light Peak technology would use light to speed up data transmission between mobile devices and products including storage, networking and audio devices. It would transfer data at bandwidths starting at 10 gigabits per second over distances of up to 100 meters. But with copper wires, the speed and range of data transmission may not be as great.
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It is too bad Light Peak is going to be made out of copper instead of fiber optics.
post #2 of 20
6x the bandwidth of DisplayPort 10Gbit/s - 100Gbit/s

Here I am thinking that it would take 5-10 years to implement..or maybe it will?
Edited by BizzareRide - 1/10/11 at 4:53pm
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Damn won't see it soon enough.
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first appearance in 2011 macbook pro? i wouldn't doubt it since apple brought the idea to intel.
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All well and good, but useless unless you have a device that can actually write 10gb/s. Suppose it would be good for busy, high speed WAN networks.
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Originally Posted by damian5000 View Post
All well and good, but useless unless you have a device that can actually write 10gb/s. Suppose it would be good for busy, high speed WAN networks.

Not useless at all. It aims to replace many proprietary connections with a single ubiquitous high bandwidth standard. Can't get here soon enough.
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Not useless at all. It aims to replace many proprietary connections with a single ubiquitous high bandwidth standard. Can't get here soon enough.
Sorry, I think my frustration with standard hard disk write speeds were coming out in my previous post.
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can it run crysis maxed out?
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post #9 of 20
It's not really the Light Peak we've all been dreaming of. So don't be impressed that it's out soon. As it stands, this is going to be just another cable. A good one no doubt, but electrical.
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They should change the name then. How can you call it "Light Peak" when it doesn't use fiber optics?
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