updated 11:15 am EDT, Thu September 16, 2010
Intel doesn't see Light Peak ready for two years
Intel at the tail end of its Developer Forum said it didn't expect Light Peak to be shipping in computers or other devices until 2012. The chipsets to drive the fiber optic data link will be ready by late 2011, but system builders are unlikely to have complete systems that year. The remarks push back the technology back a year later than initially suggested, although Intel hasn't attributed any delays to the new schedule.
A 2012 launch would partly help support USB 3.0. The 5Gbps external connectors may only be reaching Intel's own chipsets next year and will take time to reach widespread adoption, by which point Light Peak will be more useful.
Light Peak will reach at least 10Gbps and is meant primarily to host USB, FireWire and other connection types on a single interface. It could potentially serve as a direct port in the future and may scale as high as 100Gbps in the long term. Intel has already envisioned it providing fast syncing for smartphones and other devices but has shown it streaming multiple video feeds and other techniques that are difficult or impractical today.