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  • Apple & Intel Collaborating On "Light Peak" Connectors?
    Looks like we might be heading for the Star Trek age. Intel unveils Light Peak 10Gbps optical interconnect for mobile devices.

    What does this mean? No more different ports with different cables and connections! This is just astounding!

    Few, Smaller Connectors
    Longer, Thinner Cables
    Higher Bandwidth
    Multiple I/O Protocols On A Single Cable

    Also I heard it transfers at 10GB/s. At the moment that's a BluRay movie in 30 Seconds. And plans for it to increase to 100GB/s within the next 10 years. (Wow)

    Nice! Finally one port options!

    Apple had reached out to Intel as early as 2007 with plans for an interoperable standard which could handle massive amounts of data and "replace the multitudinous connector types with a single connector (FireWire, USB, Display interface)."

    The original conversations happened between Apple's Steve Jobs and Intel's Paul Otellini. In fact, the technology was said to have been demoed last week on a prototype Mac Pro motherboard and will be introduced into the Mac lineup in the Fall of 2010. (How exciting) And glad Apple is thinking of cutting back on cords...

    Check out the demo below.... quite interesting!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khPx1dEIPnA]YouTube - Intel Light Peak Demo @ IDF 2009[/ame]


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izNoF1SWtSg&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Light Peak to Connect Consumer Devices at Record Speed[/ame]


    Intel unveils Light Peak 10Gbps optical interconnect for mobile devices

    Apple this time is been smart and is not going to keep it for only mac.

    If this goes main stream, we could see a real bright future and not what we have now of so many different plugins. I want to thank iphone49er as he brought it to my attention that I forgot to mention that you can not transfer power through the cable.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple & Intel Collaborating On "Light Peak" Connectors? started by thetoothfairy View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      That's insane speeds
    1. iphone49er's Avatar
      iphone49er -
      You forgot to mention that you cannot transfer power over the cable.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone49er View Post
      You forgot to mention that you cannot transfer power over the cable.
      Thanks... don't know how I forgot to mention it but added it...
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Crazy and cool stuff
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      this is most certaintly a big step...im excited about the future possibilities.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      oh man that will be aweomse soo fast i hate waiting so long fr things to transfer
    1. -Blue-'s Avatar
      -Blue- -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone49er View Post
      You forgot to mention that you cannot transfer power over the cable.
      that can be a really big drawback
    1. Kiserai's Avatar
      Kiserai -
      Quote Originally Posted by -Blue- View Post
      that can be a really big drawback
      True, but if the whole wireless induction charging thing takes off (a la the Palm Pre touchstone) then being unable to charge over a cable could be a non issue.

      Or the "lightwave cable" could consist of both the optical data transmission cables and a single power cable all in one very small cord. Since most portable devices with rechargeable batteries don't suck that much power through USB, you'd think the power cable wouldn't have to be THAT much thicker than the optical cable.
    1. KBOHM1's Avatar
      KBOHM1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post

      Also I heard it transfers at 10GB/s. At the moment that's a BluRay movie in 30 Seconds. And plans for it to increase to 100GB/s within the next 10 years. (Wow)
      Looks interesting, but but don't you mean 10Gbps and 100Gbps respectively, otherwise that would be kinda insane.
    1. e10100's Avatar
      e10100 -
      Technology these days... absolutely amazing
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That is freaky. The light peak connection look like a bug from the matrix.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      10GB/s?! Amazing!
    1. Bill69's Avatar
      Bill69 -
      but the cable will have to branch off into multiple outputs or else this whole thing is irrelevant because say u want to use one for your HD display and external hard drive. You would have to use one whole cable for each one regardless of the fact that it is capable of running multiple medias. Unless the cables had one in and multiple outs and in that case you would still need to buy the right one and if you got a new piece of equipment you would need to go buy a new cable with more outputs. That needs to be figured out before this hits the market
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kiserai View Post
      True, but if the whole wireless induction charging thing takes off (a la the Palm Pre touchstone) then being unable to charge over a cable could be a non issue.

      Or the "lightwave cable" could consist of both the optical data transmission cables and a single power cable all in one very small cord. Since most portable devices with rechargeable batteries don't suck that much power through USB, you'd think the power cable wouldn't have to be THAT much thicker than the optical cable.
      I think it's a matter of power interference and shielding.
    1. thedanks's Avatar
      thedanks -
      woh, this could mean a short-lived usb 3.0
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone49er View Post
      You forgot to mention that you cannot transfer power over the cable.
      So it would be much faster then USB but would have the major draw-back of not charging your iPhone/iPod while syncing? Well it wouldn't be that hard of a fix, just include a small, thin power cable in the Light Peak cable.

      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      10GB/s?! Amazing!
      My whole HD in less then 4 seconds
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by thedanks View Post
      woh, this could mean a short-lived usb 3.0
      Thats what I was thinking
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      Great news, for once, a good idea pointing to simplicity: Less cables, less clutter, more speed, low eco impact, less plastic hangin'round. The new USB, but function wider.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Wow, cool stuff
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      A blu-ray movie is between 25GB (single layer) to 50GB (dual layer) redo your math because if it really transfers 10GB/s then a blu-ray would take about 5 seconds.


      Anyway it doesn't do 10GB/s it does 10Gb/s which is completely different (still very fast)