Light Peak,Â a 10 Gbps optical interface for peripherals developed by Apple and Intel, could appear in Macs earlier than previously expected.
According to CNet:
Light Peak is now on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011–and likely earlier in the year than later, according to an industry source familiar with the progress of the technology. Light Peak is significantly faster than even USB 3.0, carrying data at 10 gigabits per second in both directions simultaneously.
Light PeakÂ will enable users to connect a variety of devices into a single Light Peak port and has the potential to replace almost all the ports on your computer, including networking, video out, and general connectivity. Translation: Ethernet, MiniDisplay Port, USB andÂ FireWire.Â Apple reportedly developed theÂ interoperableÂ technology in 2007 and brought it to Intel to create.
Light Peak is sexy because itâs based on fiber optic technology that is capable of transferring data atÂ 10 Gbps â dramatically faster than all of the current interconnect standards, including USB 3.
- 400 Mbps – FireWire
- 800 Mbps – FireWire 800
- 480 Mbps -Â USB 2.0
- 3.2 Gbps -Â USB 3.0
At 10 Gbps you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. According toÂ Intel, Light Peak can scale to 10 0Gbps over the next decade and has a number of other benefits.
With Apple skipping over USB 3.0 in the latest batch of MacBook Pros and iMacs, it seems like Cupertino may be putting all of its eggs into the Light Peak basket. If this most recent report pans out you can probably expect to see Light Peak ports beginning to crop up on Apple logic boards beginning early next year.
Video:Â A Light Peak demonstration by Intel.
More Light Peak videos:
- CES 2010 — Intel Keynote: Light Peak, Future I/O
- Intel Light Peak Interconnect Technology Update
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