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Apple to Name Intel's Light Peak as 'Thunderbolt'

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Another flashy Apple name for an interface standard.

As we mentioned earlier, Intel has a special event scheduled for tomorrow. Many believe this to be a rollout of Intel's Light Peak interface. It's fast and it's definitely next-generation.

Apple has a habit of adopting these standards, like it did for Firewire, and this time appears to be no different with reports coming out that the new MacBook Pro laptops right around the corner will integrating Light Peak in what will be branded as "Thunderbolt High-speed I/O".

Various sources have posted on the internet what appear to be marketing materials for the new MacBook Pro model with Intel Light Peak, and amazingly enough, there's even a picture of the port.

On what appears to be a MacBook Pro 13-inch model, there's a lightning bolt (Thunderbolt) logo next to what is the mini-DisplayPort on today's models. The specs sheet describes this as a "Thunderbolt port supports high-speed I/O devices and Mini Displayport devices." Quite interesting, particularly for MacBook Pro users who want to use both an external display and Light Peak at the same time.

Source: MacRumors

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    wribbs , February 24, 2011 6:25 AM
    epic yawn inc
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    Ragnar-Kon , February 24, 2011 6:59 AM
    Could care less about what Apple names it, but this Intel Light Peak technology actually looks very promising on paper.

    BUT, it sounds somewhat expensive, and thus will never catch on. Hopefully I'm wrong.
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    joytech22 , February 24, 2011 9:08 AM
    Wait a second, Light peak is pretty much a video and data cable in one right?

    So in other words, It's a lot like HDMI, which can also act as both data and video/sound. (HDMI = Ethernet too).


    But lightpeak is so much faster i guess, but it'll be a few years before anything can utilize it.
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    molo9000 , February 24, 2011 9:33 AM
    So many questions...
    Will Apple skip USB3.0?
    Will Firewire3200 ever see the light of day?
    How long will Apple support FW800?
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 24, 2011 10:09 AM
    Hail Intel once again...No AMD line up to be seen at all for a long while in the MacBook Pro line of Mobile or Laptop computers...
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 24, 2011 10:13 AM
    At least they have given their MacBook brand a nice little name to remember it by...A Thunderbolt from Intel's Light Peak...
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2011 11:36 AM
    I wonder if this version is using copper or fiber. I recall reading that Intel switched to copper because the pricing was too high with fiber. Thunderbolt? pretty silly name if you ask me, what next Rolling Lightning? Ray of Sound? Sound Ray???
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    tu_illegalamigo , February 24, 2011 12:44 PM
    Your USB and firewire connections still run at the standard speed, there is no real speed gain here. This is peripheral connection aggregation. Softpedia says 10gigabit bandwidth, probably a "peak" number, not the actual result, more than likely copper as well. Intel has to work on this more before it becomes viable, it`s a small step towards integration though, and all of these cumulative steps have brought us here now. Don`t expect it for PC too soon unless it manages to blow everything out of the water.
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    Snipergod87 , February 24, 2011 12:46 PM
    PhilDgravesI wonder if this version is using copper or fiber. I recall reading that Intel switched to copper because the pricing was too high with fiber. Thunderbolt? pretty silly name if you ask me, what next Rolling Lightning? Ray of Sound? Sound Ray???


    They should just brand it Light Peak, I think it is realy a good name, and I can imagine some pretty awesome logo's.
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    bv90andy , February 24, 2011 1:16 PM
    First of, it's called Light peak, which it isn't because they downgraded it to cupper, now they call it thunderbolt.

    Why in the hell have names become important just for marketing, it doesn't mater any more what technology is actually sold. Like with AMD's fusion
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    razor512 , February 24, 2011 3:06 PM
    molo9000So many questions...Will Apple skip USB3.0?Will Firewire3200 ever see the light of day?How long will Apple support FW800?


    Knowing apple, they will probably support firewire for 1 maybe 2 generations more before killing it forcing people who cant go without the latest macbook, to get new devices that support the new connector. Or if the user chooses, they can keep their old devices and buy the inevitable Apple branded adapters which will be with very high price markups.
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    jamoise , February 24, 2011 8:25 PM
    Well, they couldn't use "lightning" thats taken by Lightning McQueen. Chk a chow
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2011 4:59 AM
    Isn't Thunderbolt the name of the HTC phone that's suppose to blow away iPhones? Hmmmm interesting choice. I wonder why 'Light Peak' wasn't good enough.