Light Peak… From Apple Originally

  • Posted: 26 September 2009 08:07 PM

    This looks interesting.

    Last week Intel showed “Light Peak” a new technology they are introducing.

    Engadget has learned—thanks to an extremely reliable source—that not only is Apple complicit in the development of Light Peak, but the company actually brought the concept to Intel and asked them to create it. More to the point, the new standard will play a hugely important role in upcoming products from Cupertino.

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    Based on the documents we had a look at, the short-term plans seem to involve a one-size-fits-all solution (somehow allowing for multiple connections but avoiding “double dongles”) which would enable users to connect a variety of devices into a single Light Peak port, while slightly longer-term plans will mean Light Peak obviates the need for almost every type of connector you use today. Translation: Apple products in the near future could come equipped with only a Light Peak port (or ports) to handle your networking, display driving, and general connectivity.

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  • Posted: 26 September 2009 09:25 PM #1

    Requiring us to buy all sorts of adapters. I’d prefer all external devices communicate wirelessly. But then we’d have to buy all new devices. Bottom line: they will get us to spend money.

         
  • Posted: 27 September 2009 01:24 AM #2

    It’s possible that new Cinema Displays (like the long-in-the-tooth 30” model) have been on hold until the release of this new technology.

         
  • Posted: 27 September 2009 02:06 AM #3

    Mercel - 27 September 2009 04:24 AM

    It’s possible that new Cinema Displays (like the long-in-the-tooth 30” model) have been on hold until the release of this new technology.

    It also explains Apple’s seeming indifference to the death of Firewire. I think it may also kill off USB 3 if it gains traction.

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  • Posted: 27 September 2009 11:40 AM #4

    Mercel - 27 September 2009 04:24 AM

    It’s possible that new Cinema Displays (like the long-in-the-tooth 30” model) have been on hold until the release of this new technology.

    We’ll know soon, since the new iMacs and MacBooks (rumored in the next few weeks) would have to have the ports prior to any monitors supporting it.

         
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    Posted: 28 September 2009 01:01 PM #5

    willrob - 27 September 2009 02:40 PM

    We’ll know soon, since the new iMacs and MacBooks (rumored in the next few weeks) would have to have the ports prior to any monitors supporting it.

    Um… By ‘soon’, do you mean some time in the latter half of 2010 or in 2011? If not, maybe you missed the part where they said that parts for this technology will be available in the market by some time in 2010, and where Apple has indicated they’ll be using this technology by some time in 2011.

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    Posted: 28 September 2009 01:18 PM #6

    MOSiX Man - 28 September 2009 04:01 PM
    willrob - 27 September 2009 02:40 PM

    We’ll know soon, since the new iMacs and MacBooks (rumored in the next few weeks) would have to have the ports prior to any monitors supporting it.

    Um… By ‘soon’, do you mean some time in the latter half of 2010 or in 2011? If not, maybe you missed the part where they said that parts for this technology will be available in the market by some time in 2010, and where Apple has indicated they’ll be using this technology by some time in 2011.

    Has to be 2011 since I’ve bought a 20” iMac to replace the aging 17” PowerBook G4.  The sad story is Apple TV disappeared from iTunes.

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    Posted: 29 September 2009 12:45 AM #7

    I’m more interested in what this means - “the company (Apple) actually brought the concept to Intel and asked them to create it.”  Does Apple own all of Light Peak on the basis of a fee paid, or royalties promised?  Or does one or the other of these companies own it outright.?

    [ Edited: 29 September 2009 12:47 AM by iJack ]

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    Posted: 30 September 2009 11:26 PM #8

    Nice article by Apple Insider on Light peak -

    Why Apple is betting on Light Peak with Intel: a love story

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