Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th May 2010 17:20 UTC
Intel "Intel has provided the first hands-on demonstration of a laptop running its Light Peak technology, at the company's inaugural European research showcase here in Brussels. Light Peak is an optical interconnect that can transfer data at 10Gbits/sec in both directions. Intel hopes Light Peak will one day replace the host of other PC interconnects, including USB, DisplayPort and HDMI. The demonstration laptop was sending two separate HD video streams to a nearby television screen, without any visible lag."
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RE: Just plain premature
by Zifre on Tue 4th May 2010 23:25 UTC in reply to "Just plain premature"
Zifre
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2009-10-04

This "one day will replace" thing never happens in real life (actually it happens, after 20 years, and only partially... you can find with no effort mainboards still produced with PS2 connectors and RS232). What Light Peak aims to replace are these so called "good enough" solutions, that you can't get rid easily, no matter how old they are.

The nice thing about Light Peak is that there is no defined protocol. You could, for example, run USB over it. This should allow very cheap adapters for legacy devices.

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RE[2]: Just plain premature
by Lennie on Tue 4th May 2010 23:44 in reply to "RE: Just plain premature"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

That's interresting, didn't think/know about that, thanks.

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RE[2]: Just plain premature
by ssokolow on Wed 5th May 2010 02:33 in reply to "RE: Just plain premature"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

I hope you mean "no defined higher-level protocol". If there's no defined fiber-level protocol for multiplexing data streams, that'd be a disaster akin to how, with ye olde serial dongles, what claims to be pass-through sometimes isn't in practice.

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