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Intel Shows Light Peak Laptop Pushing 2 HD Videos

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."

  • Parsian
    Sweet, optic boards are becoming reality :P
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  • sliem
    Dang, no vid?
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  • descendency
    Video or GTFO.

    (actually this news is quite depressing because I'm about to buy a laptop.)
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  • powerofpi
    When will you give me optical integrated circuits? :)
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  • huron
    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
    Light Peak needs to provide power before it can replace USB...silly Intel
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  • office_dude
    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
    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
    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
    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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