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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20034900-64.html?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks
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Intel on Thursday plans to roll out Light Peak, a high-speed connection technology that Apple is also likely to adopt, according to an industry source familiar with the details of the event...

Intel has been working on Light Peak for years and recently said the initial version would be based on copper, as time-to-market realities necessitate more conventional technology. Light Peak is significantly faster than even USB 3.0, carrying data at 10 gigabits per second in both directions simultaneously. Connection speeds will not be affected by the transition to copper, according to Intel. In the future, Light Peak may scale to 100 gigabits per second, according to Intel...

"Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, displays, disk drives, docking stations, and more,"

Quoted the parts I figure are pertinent to the conversation.

I expect this to have incredible potential, but I wonder what the cost of the technology is. Are hardware manufacturers going to have a strong incentive to switch formats from USB to Light Peak for small things like a charger or PnP Device?
Can Light Peak even efficiently power something given that it works via optical?

I expect some of you more knowledgeable guys here to help us out, c'mon!
    
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There are so many USB devices out there...

Good luck taking over market shares with this new technology. Or use adapters...but meh. I do like the speeds tho tongue.gif
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I wonder if a told ya so is in order here of it i should wait for more confirmation about light peak.

those that have seen my light peak "arguments" will know what im talking about
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Squirrel;12489484 
There are so many USB devices out there...

Good luck taking over market shares with this new technology. Or use adapters...but meh. I do like the speeds tho tongue.gif

do some more research about the subject and what its able to do before making statements like that please.
    
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This will replace all video connections and USB connections. Soon motherboards will come with 10 Peak slots on the back, monitors/video cards will use Peak instead of HDMI/DVI, printers will use it instead of USB. Flash drives, networking equipment(later), etc. will use one standardized port for all connections.

What does this mean for AMD motherboards and GPUs? I have no idea.
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Originally Posted by Squirrel;12489484 
There are so many USB devices out there...

Good luck taking over market shares with this new technology. Or use adapters...but meh. I do like the speeds tho tongue.gif

USB3 and SATA6 caught on pretty quickly. How long did that take? 6 months? There used to be like 2 hard drives and 1 usb drive available with USB3 or SATA6. Now look at newegg... heh
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So, they are rolling out the imitation light peak being that this "initial" phase actually uses copper.
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Intel fanboys are going crazy.
    
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I have yet to own a USB 3.0 device tbh. But I'm always stuck in the past...
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I'm a fan of the potential, I'm not a fan of it being Intel's baby.
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post #10 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dink;12489581 
This will replace all video connections and USB connections. Soon motherboards will come with 10 Peak slots on the back, monitors/video cards will use Peak instead of HDMI/DVI, printers will use it instead of USB. Flash drives, networking equipment(later), etc. will use one standardized port for all connections.

What does this mean for AMD motherboards and GPUs? I have no idea.



USB3 and SATA6 caught on pretty quickly. How long did that take? 6 months? There used to be like 2 hard drives and 1 usb drive available with USB3 or SATA6. Now look at newegg... heh

USB has such monopoly on the connection market it would be hard to see this even being a contender in the next 5 years. If it ever does become mainstream AMD will just have to pay Intel royalty's to use the technology.
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