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Intel's Got a Special Event Planned for Tomorrow

By - Source: CNet | B 36 comments

There’s been a lot of Light Peak talk over the last week or so, mainly because of the rumors about its presence in the not-yet-announced new MacBook Pro line-up. However, this Hump Day, Intel itself is fuelling the Light Peak discussion.

Yesterday evening Intel released a statement to the media indicating that it would be hold hold a press briefing in San Francisco on Thursday to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market. Thursday will also reportedly play host to a technology and product demonstration event at Intel’s Santa Clara campus.

Of course, this little piece of news hasn’t slipped by those monitoring the Apple rumor mill religiously and many see it as yet another sign that Apple’s new, Light Peak-equipped MBPs will be announced tomorrow. Adding fuel to the fire is an Engadget posting that points to a purported spec-sheet for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The bit that’s garnering the most attention is the mention of highspeed I/O technology dubbed Thunderbolt. Of course, there’s nothing to suggest that this ‘Thunderbolt’ feature is an implementation of Light Peak, but it kind of makes sense. Either way, we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out.

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    g00fysmiley , February 23, 2011 2:17 PM
    thunder bolt... wasn't that a disney/pizar movie?
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    mister g , February 23, 2011 2:18 PM
    They could go ahead and release their new technology, but I bet it'll be more expensive then it's worth (at least in my opinion most of the time).
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    JMcEntegart , February 23, 2011 2:21 PM
    g00fysmileythunder bolt... wasn't that a disney/pizar movie?


    And a phone...
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    JohnnyLucky , February 23, 2011 2:21 PM
    I don't have any personal use for such a small device.

    I hope somebody manages to obtain more information about the Intel 510 series solid state drives that are due to be released on March 1st.
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    geekapproved , February 23, 2011 2:49 PM
    Wow this is life changing information.
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    noblerabbit , February 23, 2011 3:06 PM
    GeekApprovedWow this is life changing information.

    still under NDA / embargo, however, they will be more $$/GB than Gen2 drives. Still worth getting one, as I will put my old Gen2 into my PS3.
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    DXRick , February 23, 2011 3:15 PM
    GeekApprovedWow this is life changing information.


    I felt nothing. Maybe I have a conflict somewhere....
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    wildcatherder , February 23, 2011 3:25 PM
    So, you're saying there's no story today but there will be a story tomorrow?
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    truehighroller , February 23, 2011 3:40 PM
    Agreed DX who cares if a company that locks everything down and hates Open Source comes out with a new technology before everyone else because they paid money to have rights to it first on the market so they can line their pockets with more money.

    Especially during such hard times money wise for everyone who isn't the top 1% in the world with all the money lol.
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    mikem_90 , February 23, 2011 3:42 PM
    Maybe Lightpeak will take over from firewire, if the technology lends itself to video production as well.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2011 4:50 PM
    i guess they realized you cant call something lightpeak if it don't use light....
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    burnley14 , February 23, 2011 4:56 PM
    LightNotIncludedi guess they realized you cant call something lightpeak if it don't use light....

    Just like you can't call something Gingerbread unless it uses gingerbread? Riiight.
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    dogman_1234 , February 23, 2011 5:05 PM
    I thought Intel would allow light to transfer info via fiber optics integrated onto electricity to light and light to electricity?
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    SchizoFrog , February 23, 2011 5:09 PM
    LightNotIncludedi guess they realized you cant call something lightpeak if it don't use light....

    And LightPeak doesn't? I think you'll find that LightPeak is a fibre optic based connection which does indeed use light frequencies for it's bandwidth, which by the way is the basis for quantum computing.
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    bhaberle , February 23, 2011 5:20 PM
    Could you just announce that your SB boards will be for sale again?
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    RobinPanties , February 23, 2011 5:23 PM
    wildcatherderSo, you're saying there's no story today but there will be a story tomorrow?

    HAHA, good one...

    Additionally, and unrelated, Shouldn't something called Light Peak be coupled with something called Lightning Bolt not Thunder Bolt? Thunder is sound, lightning is light...
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    SchizoFrog , February 23, 2011 5:46 PM
    RobinPantiesHAHA, good one...Additionally, and unrelated, Shouldn't something called Light Peak be coupled with something called Lightning Bolt not Thunder Bolt? Thunder is sound, lightning is light...

    Actually it is a term that means the same thing. Thunder Clap refers to the noise... Thunder Bolt refers to the bolt of lightning...
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2011 6:14 PM
    @schizofrog
    the beta version of lightpeak (aka the one in the MBP) will probably not use light, but instead use a copper based connection (maybe thats why they called it thunderbolt instead....)

    @burnley14
    i guess you missed the point that lightpeak was suppose to actually use light......
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    jerreece , February 23, 2011 6:28 PM
    JMcEntegartAnd a phone...


    So is Intel and Motorola going to get into a legal battle over who owns the "Thunderbolt" trademark?
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    jimsocks , February 23, 2011 6:44 PM
    no, they gonna announce a new socket
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