A recent report by cnet reads that Apple is going to introduce a new high speed connection tech ‘Intel’s Light Peak Technology’ into its upcoming Macbook Pro Refresh. The report also describes that Apple will use this technology in its new Macbook pro models with a different name to boost up its speed considerably. It will be also interesting to know that Intel has been doing a lot of research on its Light Peak Technology for past few years which is based upon copper.
Light Peak Technology was first demonstrated by Intel on a machine running Apple’s Mac OS X. Light Peak Technology has been found quite beneficial and more conventional practically. Intel has also made an announcement that Light Peak will be introduced in the gadgets in first half of 2011.
Light Peak was originally touted by Intel as the holy grail of connector technology: a single replacement for the myriad cables that connect to monitors, external drives, scanners, printers, and anything else that plugs into a computer. But Intel–and Apple–may be targeting more specific connection protocols, at least initially.
As originally proposed, the fiber-optic technology connects many devices to PCs with fiber-optic lines. But, as mentioned, the initial version of Light Peak will use copper instead of light-based technologies, Intel has said.
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.
Sony is also expected to be an early adopter of the technology.
More on Light Peak can be found here, from an interview with Jason Ziller, an Intel manager heading up the chipmaker’s work on the technology.
How Light Peak Technology works?
The way Light Peak works is that there is the Light Peak protocol and the native protocols such as PCI Express, DisplayPort, USB or whatever might be running on it. The native protocols run basically on top of the Light Peak protocol. But the Light Peak protocol defines the speed. The protocol is running at 10 gigabits per second. So, if the native protocols that you’re running on top of it are also running at 10 gigabits per second, or something close to that, then the effective bandwidth for a device on the other end would be equivalent to that (10Gb/s). If the protocol is running less than that (e.g., USB 2.0), it’s just kind of riding on Light Peak but the effective transfer rate would be equivalent to the native protocol (like USB or FireWire).
Light Peak is, in fact, optical cable interface developed by Intel to connect devices in a peripheral bus. Light Peak technology is a rich tech with a high bandwidth at 10 Gbit/s, with the potential to grab 100 Gbit/s by 2020. Light Peak Technology has been designed as a an only universal replacement for current buses such as SCSI, SATA, USB, FireWire, and PCI Express. It will surely reduce the number of ports on contemporary computers.
The Use of Light Peak Technology in Apple’s Macbook Refresh will really a great breakthrough in hi-tech world.
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