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02-21-2011, 02:58 AM #1
Light Peak Coming Soon to a Mac Near You
Back in 2009, Intel presented an impressive demonstration of its new Light Peak high-speed connection technology at its developer conference. Now it seems that the technology is about ready to go and Apple may be the first company to implement it. Rumors suggest that Apple may include Light Peak technology with the next MacBook Pro refresh expected later this week. However, it is currently unclear if Intel has the technology ready for mass production as of yet.
Light Peak is being developed by Intel as the “Holy Grail” of connection technology. They hope to use it as a replacement for all other cable connections currently in use today. Intel plans on using this technology to simplify the process of connecting computers and peripherals. According to Intel website, “Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. 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.”
Light Peak was originally supposed to use fiber-optic technology, but Intel recently stated that the initial version would instead use more traditional copper base lines instead. Even with this change, Light Peak still offers speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, which is significantly faster than USB 3.0. Apple has been reluctant to embrace USB 3.0 and may plan on waiting to use Light Peak instead.
Apple most likely will not use the name Light Peak, however, and instead brand the technology in some other way. Apple has done this before when they chose to use the name Firewire instead of the less sexy term for the connection technology, IEEE 1384. If Apple is in fact the first company to use Light Peak technology, then they will likely change the name to market it as an Apple branded technology instead. Apple is not the only company currently interested in the technology, however, as Sony has expressed an interest in Light Peak as well.
02-21-2011, 03:13 AM #2
I am instantly jealous. Sounds like a revolution, SJ! I can imagine it already.
SJ: Yup, that's it everyone!
*everyone gets up
SJ: WAIT!!! I accidentally forgot something really important!!!
*Everyone sits back down
SJ: Today we are introducing a new revolution... Blank, aka light peak.
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02-21-2011, 05:49 AM #3
02-21-2011, 06:01 AM #4
If Light Peak already has a name that isn't just a silly number why would Apple change that and confuse consumers? Mac's would say one thing but peripherals would say Light Peak. With Firewire, because it didn't have a recognizable name already, everyone started using the term Firewire.
Just doesn't make sense to be honest.
Apple can introduce this if they want, but good luck using anything with it. The world is already embracing USB3 and Apple is gonna have widely un-used ports on their machines again.
Last edited by feidhlim1986; 02-21-2011 at 06:07 AM.
02-21-2011, 07:03 AM #5
02-21-2011, 07:19 AM #6
I WANT THAT ON MY PC!!!!!!!!
This could be huge, hooking up an HDD and a mouse on the same connector? amazing!
02-21-2011, 08:51 AM #7
That said, I read somewhere (no source, sorry) that the ports are the same as USB, with added connectors so a regular USB would work in it. If anywhere knows for sure, please chime in.--= Fortes fortuna adiuvat =--
02-21-2011, 09:22 AM #8
02-21-2011, 09:52 AM #9
For lightpeak (or whatever they finally decide to name it) to do well, I think it would be very beneficial to allow the use of the USB type port. I imagine this is patented to the max, however, and it would be foolish from the owners of USB to allow it. Not saying they didn't/won't but I know I wouldn't!
Last edited by sziklassy; 02-21-2011 at 10:05 AM.
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02-21-2011, 09:58 AM #10
Old news, I read this months ago.
That being said as long it's backwards compatible I am welcome to the change.Want to drive an idiot insane? Click Here to find out how.
02-21-2011, 10:00 AM #11
I use all the ports on my MacBook pro 17" i7 but one the Internet cable being I use wifi instead.
02-21-2011, 10:39 AM #12
A good number of people still haven't heard of FireWire
Can HDDs and SSDs even read/write to the speeds of light peak or USB3? It's like having a Lamborghini that can do 200mph but the speed limit is still 50mph.
02-21-2011, 12:29 PM #13
02-21-2011, 01:31 PM #14
Light peek over copper. They can call it sorta shinny peek
02-21-2011, 11:52 PM #15
We all know where FireWire went, nowhere. USB 3.0 is fast enough for most, probably faster than many will even need, and it's here and backwards compatible.
02-22-2011, 05:56 AM #16
02-22-2011, 10:22 AM #17
02-22-2011, 10:52 AM #18
too compatible backwards i'm..."they're trashing our rights. hack the planet!"