New blazing fast peripherals connection is coming
Have you ever heard about the latest news about the blazing fast connection between your Mac and all of your peripherals? Yes, it might be on the market very soon according to all buzz on the Internet and according to official Intel IDF 2009 declarations! What’s this? It is called Light Peak. The idea probably was born in 1997 and was (also probably) brought to Intel by Apple looking for a very speedy connection which might replace the existing USB and FireWire ports.
Some kind of agreement was made between two well known guys: Paul Otellini CEO of Intel and Steve Jobs CEO of Apple, Inc. The strong bond between Apple and Intel has been know for a while, but this time it might be really revolutionary. Intel is going to launch the optical module with a speed of 10Gb/s using a fiber connection and with size of a coin. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. This babe will be able to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as docking stations, displays, hard disk drives, and many more.
I think that producers and of course Apple are seeing the bottleneck in the FireWire and even USB3.0 if we start talking about the real HD video content and future evolution of Solid State Drives when the SATA interface will not be able to handle all the data from the SSD memory at the hardware rate. Apple and Intel once again proved their innovation and are going to deliver to us, customers Pro level hardware in the consumer devices. Definitively we have to keep an eye on that! Well done, guys!
To see more about the Light Peak technology go to Intel’s webpage at: http://techresearch.intel.com/articles/None/1813.htm and watch the videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izNoF1SWtSg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khPx1dEIPnA.