Intel's high-speed Light Peak interconnect technology, which links PCs to displays and external storage devices, is ready for implementation, says Intel's David Perlmutter. The Light Peak system will initially be based on copper, although the original plans were to use fiber optics, Perlmutter notes. "The copper came out very good, surprisingly better than what we thought," he says. "Optical is always a new technology which is more expensive."
The Light Peak technology can transfer data at bandwidths starting at 10 gigabits per second for distances of up to 100 meters, although the use of copper may bring down the system's transmission rates. "Look at [Light Peak] as a medium by which you can do things, not necessarily as one replacing the other," Perlmutter says.
The technology is expected to be used to link PCs to external devices such as displays and storage devices, but Perlmutter declined to say whether it would replace USB and other connection technologies.
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