CNET is reporting that Intel is prepping the launch of their Light Peak high-speed computer connectivity standard at the beginning of 2011. Light Peak would allow for 10 Gbs connections. Light Peak is now on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011–and likely earlier in the year than later, according to […]
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Apple to Adopt Light Peak When it Comes Available in 2011?

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CNET is reporting that Intel is prepping the launch of their Light Peak high-speed computer connectivity standard at the beginning of 2011. Light Peak would allow for 10 Gbs connections.

Light Peak is now on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011–and likely earlier in the year than later, according to an industry source familiar with the progress of the technology. Light Peak is significantly faster than even USB 3.0, carrying data at 10 gigabits per second in both directions simultaneously.

The report goes on to say that Apple will likely support Light Peak early on, as it was reported this time last year that Apple aided Intel in the technology’s development.

. . .Apple is expected to back Light Peak, if past comments from Intel still hold. Shortly after its annual developer conference in 2009, Intel said that it had showed the technology to third parties, got feedback, then incorporated the feedback into the next design, adding, at that time, that “Apple is an innovating force in the industry.” (Apple has reportedly claimed that it conceived the idea for Light Peak.)

If Apple implements Light Peak, it would be a safe bet that the company will have a lot to say about the technology–maybe with a catchy name in tow. And it would probably not be wild speculation to say that Apple would want to be the first to use it.

If this pans out the way CNET suggests, it could explain why Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated that the company was hesitant to adopt USB 3.0 due to it not “taking off”.

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