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Intel Shows Light Peak Laptop Pushing 2 HD Videos

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Another interconnect technology, but this one does impress.

Intel's Light Peak technology is one that the chip company touts as being a possible future replacement for USB, HDMI and even DisplayPort. With the 10Gb/s in both directions being possible now, it's already impressive – but Intel says that it's just the beginning.

"Light Peak begins at 10Gbits/sec, simultaneously in both directions," said Intel's chief technology officer, Justin Rattner, to PC Pro. "We expect to increase that speed dramatically. You'll see multiple displays being served by a single Light Peak connection. There's almost no limit to the bandwidth - fibres can carry trillions of bits per second."

Intel demonstrated Light Peak running from a laptop that was streaming two high-definition video feeds to a single display. Observers said that they could not see any signs of lag.

Light Peak hardware is supposed to hit later this year, but Intel hopes that the technology will stick and have time to grow.

"The potential of that headroom will lead people to rethink the design of their systems," Rattner said. "We've very, very excited about the potential of Light Peak."

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    Parsian , May 6, 2010 3:26 PM
    Sweet, optic boards are becoming reality :p 
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    huron , May 6, 2010 4:24 PM
    I'm always amazed at what these companies are doing in R&D. I know everyone seems to bash Intel, but it's great that they have capital to invest in this research.
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    Parsian , May 6, 2010 3:26 PM
    Sweet, optic boards are becoming reality :p 
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    sliem , May 6, 2010 3:50 PM
    Dang, no vid?
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    descendency , May 6, 2010 4:11 PM
    Video or GTFO.

    (actually this news is quite depressing because I'm about to buy a laptop.)
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    powerofpi , May 6, 2010 4:15 PM
    When will you give me optical integrated circuits? :) 
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    huron , May 6, 2010 4:24 PM
    I'm always amazed at what these companies are doing in R&D. I know everyone seems to bash Intel, but it's great that they have capital to invest in this research.
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    banthracis , May 6, 2010 4:28 PM
    Light Peak needs to provide power before it can replace USB...silly Intel
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    office_dude , May 6, 2010 4:32 PM
    Video or GTFO.

    (actually this news is quite depressing because I'm about to buy a laptop.)
    powerofpi 05/06/2010 6:15 PM

    No worries, it will probably be another 5 to 10 years before the consumers will be able to afford it.
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    7amood , May 6, 2010 5:04 PM
    after it becomes mainstream, intel will release the cap on lanes on mobos to reach 64 lanes and maybe 128... thus killin the chance of USB3.0 gaining market...
    i'll hold my next build until their so called light peak is out
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    victomofreality , May 6, 2010 5:32 PM
    7amoodafter it becomes mainstream, intel will release the cap on lanes on mobos to reach 64 lanes and maybe 128... thus killin the chance of USB3.0 gaining market...i'll hold my next build until their so called light peak is out


    First 64 and 128 lanes is much higher then the 16 lanes on the core i3-i7's so that would make it better for USB 3 secondly USB is intel's brain child also and thirdly they're working on this tech with apple so it will appear on their machines before we have to worry about it.

    I'm really looking forward to light peak it seems to be what usb should have been... Universal!
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    segio526 , May 6, 2010 5:37 PM
    banthracisLight Peak needs to provide power before it can replace USB...silly Intel


    I didn't even think of that. So all this is good for is self powered devices. You can't even use a thumb drive with it? I'm a bit less optimistic about this now.
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    banthracis , May 6, 2010 5:43 PM
    segio526I didn't even think of that. So all this is good for is self powered devices. You can't even use a thumb drive with it? I'm a bit less optimistic about this now.


    Yeppers. BTW, what's with the thumb downs over pointing out a major flaw of Light Peak?
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    ding0 , May 6, 2010 6:04 PM
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    Intel is working on bundling the optical fiber with copper wire so Light Peak can be used to power devices.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Peak#Characteristics
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2010 6:05 PM
    While this is nice and all I'd much rather have USB 3.0 available _right now_ than a potentially useful, non-compatible technology X years down the line.

    How about it Intel?
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    Blessedman , May 6, 2010 6:13 PM
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    Yeppers. BTW, what's with the thumb downs over pointing out a major flaw of Light Peak?


    Because there will be power :) 
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    Lutfij , May 6, 2010 6:15 PM
    awesomefeed bro! ^ ^
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    victomofreality , May 6, 2010 6:52 PM
    banthracisYeppers. BTW, what's with the thumb downs over pointing out a major flaw of Light Peak?


    Probably because everyone either doesn't understand the need for power or is assuming that they'll fix the power issue by the time it reaches market... I still voted you up though for the fact that atm you are completely correct about that flaw in it's design. Either that or people are again assuming(assuming being my word for the day) that USB won't be thrown out when light peak is instituted even though from the wiki article it looks like it might be designed so that it's compatible with existing usb techs...
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    worl , May 6, 2010 7:24 PM
    I can see Monster selling a 5 feet Light Peak cables for 200$

    Special gold plated optic fiber for a crystal clear signal ! :p 

    It's a pretty exciting technology though, it open the door to alot of previously scifi stuff.
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    dman3k , May 6, 2010 7:32 PM
    I wonder how much does lightpeak have to do with Intel not natively supporting SATA3 or USB3.
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    JohnnyLucky , May 6, 2010 7:37 PM
    I'm confused about the comments that mention the need for power.

    I thought Light Peak was about using some sort of optic fiber cable to send and received data. The example given is multiple LCD monitors connected to a PC via a Light Peak cable. Both LCD monitors and video cards are powered. Internal hard drives and motherboards are also powered. What am I missing?
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    redrabbit803 , May 6, 2010 8:21 PM
    My guess is that the current USB3.0 will be modified for the addition of the optic cable. Lightpeak will provide the same power as USB3.0. Lightpeak is NOT the same stand alone optical cable you see on your audio equipment.

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