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Apple may unveil Light Peak under new name

updated 12:50 am EST, Sun February 20, 2011

Light Peak may get Apple intro soon

Apple is due to unveil its use of Light Peak soon, a rumor late Saturday suggested. Intel's 10Gbps peripheral interface is due to be made public by Apple soon but would get a different name inside the Mac. The CNET tip didn't confirm whether or not it would be part of the new MacBook Pros coming soon.

Clues as to Light Peak's timing may have come from Intel itself. It had repeatedly pushed back the launch to2012 but recently gave signs that it had been moved up for reasons to go. Architecture lead David Perlmutter has said that the technology is now ready to be used but by using copper, not the namesake fiber optic pipes, to reach the intended speed. Suspicions have been raised that Apple helped accelerate the technology, as it was already instrumental in providing input on the standard by itself..

Light Peak is about twice as fast as USB 3.0 and has multiple possible uses. Most implementations are expected to use it as an internal interconnect that shares input from multiple different connection types, such as FireWire and USB, over a simpler cable. Intel has expressed hope that it might get a dedicated port of its own and could be used for faster single connections or even sharing multiple outside devices on a single link. Apple could use Light Peak to eliminate internal bottlenecks, but it could also provide an external port for specialty purposes, such as attaching an external breakout box for ports.

Intel hasn't commented on the assertions, which if tied first to the MacBook Pro could be made public as soon as next week.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    That's all very interesting, but if Apple puts

    Light Peak connectors on its Macs, what are they going to connect to if no peripheral company is using Light Peak? Everyone else will be using USB 2 and USB 3 or eSATA. Not that I really believe the rumor, but it's merely food for thought.

  1. 010111

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    yeah...

    cause we all remember what happened when Apple ditched legacy ports and went with USB on the original iMac.

    what a failure that was. you can hardly find a single company that makes peripherals using USB.

    Apple should've stuck with the legacy ports forever and waited around for peripheral companies to make things first. that is the best way to drive progress.

  1. Feathers

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    Break-out box...

    The idea is quite appealing, with a Light-Peak port on a laptop, with an optional break-out box, you can have USB 3.0, Firewire 800 or even eSata with needing these connections on the laptop itself. That sounds pretty good to me!

  1. BradMacPro

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    Re: breakout box

    I'd hope they offer a more robust idea like a docking station that includes power, external video which could include HDMI with sound, USB 2.0, eSATA, Ethernet, and a full ExpressCard/54 slot for who knows what. Current port selection is limited to one side and about half the length at that due to the small motherboard. There exist now vertical docking stations that connect all the ports on the side with the limitation of the loss of the use of the internal display as the closed laptop drops into a slot. Very nice from a saving desk space perspective. Maybe the breakout box will connect to a 42" HDTV? That would combine another rumor.

  1. CmdrGampu

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    Darn shame

    Pity Apple already used "Firewire." That would have been the perfect name for this technology. "Light Peak" just doesn't have any oomph to it.

  1. drandall

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    i have been a big fan of firewire and was sad when apple chose not to implement FW1600, but this is even better. multiple protocols carried simultaneously over one cable? transfer speeds twice what USB3 can offer? sign me up for that.

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