Intel’s Initial Light Peak Flinches; Drops Light Technology
Intel's much hyped Light Peak technology will be using copper after all instead of light-based fiber optics for the initial version.
In what Intel describes as the ‘holy grail of connector technology’, Light Peak yields to the practicalities of conventional technology by going back to basic copper. It was originally planned that Light Peak will be using fiber-optics technology, which reports say has the ability to transfer data faster than copper wires. However, Intel subdued the fire a little as they reported that using copper will not affect the connection speed of Light Peak.
Light Peak is an all in one connector to the PC, where monitors, printers, scanners, and anything else you stick in the computer can be plugged in without all the complicated myriad of cables and wires. The technology can transfer 10 gigabytes per second, a notch way high up above USB 3.0. Light Peak can potentially reach up to 100 gigabytes within a decade.
The first wave of Light Peak products are expected to hit the market in the first half of 2011. Sony and Apple has expressed favorable feedbacks to the technology, and are reported to be the first to use it.View Article Source »