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Intel may have copper Light Peak as stopgap for early launch

updated 03:05 pm EST, Mon December 13, 2010

Rumor has Intel using copper Light Peak

Intel may be rushing a stopgap version of Light Peak to make an early launch, a tentative rumor hinted late last week. The company would allegedly switch from the technology's signature fiber optics to copper wires for its first incarnation. The CNET tip has it still reaching the promised 10Gbps peak transfer speeds.

The short-term solution could let Intel ship computers badged with Light Peak in the first half of 2011.

The rumor is called somewhat into question by the nature of the switch. Light Peak is defined by its optical connection and would lose some of its advantages by using wired connections, such as the cabling flexibility and the ability to scale significantly in the future. Light Peak should eventually reach 100Gbps but likely wouldn't reach these peaks without fiber.

It would regardless line up with rumors that some companies, particularly Apple and Sony, have been pushing for an early Light Peak release beyond the current 2012 target. Apple isn't directly involved but is known to have provided recommendations for Light Peak that likely shaped its creation. At a minimum, Light Peak will simplify the internal connections by letting FireWire, Ethernet, USB and other external formats share a single pipe. It may eventually become a port of itself and provide much faster syncing for mobile devices.



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  1. facebook_Thomas

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    Sorry Ford

    But that technology we were calling tires isn't ready yet but these wooden wagon wheels that we'll call tires work just as good. They might not travel as far or be as flexible but they'll reach the reach a speed of 10 MPH and when we do get the real tires out you can expect speeds up to 100 MPH.

    Does Intel really think this is a good interim solution?

  1. bdmarsh

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    doubt it

    now, there is going to be copper in with the optical below a certain cable length to provide power for devices, maybe someone got confused about this...

  1. testudo

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    Stop it!

    . Apple isn't directly involved but is known to have provided recommendations for Light Peak that likely shaped its creation.

    All that has been stated that Apple did was say to Intel "Um, you know what would be cool!". And yet MacNN keeps reporting it as if Apple and Intel worked hand in hand on this.


    It would regardless line up with rumors that some companies, particularly Apple and Sony, have been pushing for an early Light Peak release beyond the current 2012 target.


    Yeah, that sounds like Apple. Wanting everything now. We know if it were them, the last thing they would do is 'cut corners' just to get something out early.

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