Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 21:12 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Intel "USB 3.0 might be one of the big stories here at IDF, but Intel just showed off a glimpse of the future: Light Peak, an optical interconnect for mobile devices that can run as fast as 10Gbps. That's fast enough to do everything from storage to displays to networking, and it can maintain those speeds over 100-meter runs, which is pretty astounding. Intel says the idea is to drastically reduce the number of connectors on mobile devices, which should allow them to get even smaller - but the demo was on a huge Frankenrig, so don't expect to see Light Peak devices shipping any time soon."
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The1stImmortal
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2005-10-20

Exactly - use ethernet as the base protocol (with the usual layering on top) and you can run it over whatever physical medium you like - at most you then only need a media converter (as opposed to needing something smarter like trying to run say Parallel over USB). Existing media standards could of course be reused for certain applications.

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