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Light Peak Demo  (Source: CNET)
Support for USB 3.0 by Intel could be as far out as 2012

Intel is an innovator in the computer market and has been for years, despite issues with anticompetitive practices around the world. Intel currently supports USB 2.0 and other connectivity like FireWire and eSATA in its mobile chipsets.

However, Intel has not offered support for the new USB 3.0 interface in its chipsets and the few machines on the market with USB 3.0 support are doing so using third-party chipsets. On-chip support for USB 3.0 from Intel is thought to be as far out as 2012. Intel is talking up its own much faster competing standard to USB 3.0 known as Light Peak. Light Peak first surfaced earlier this year and was thought to be coming in late 2010.

That date was later pushed and 
CNET News reports that Light Peak is now ready to hit the market by the middle of 2011. One industry source cited by CNET claims that support will come in the first part of the year, not the later part meaning it could be right around the corner.

Light Peak is much faster than USB 3.0 with speeds up to 10Gbps. Industry heavyweight Apple is not supporting USB 3.0 on its computers, but it is expected to fully support Light Peak and the thought is that Apple may even be the first computer maker to offer the tech on a computer. Intel has already stated when Light Peak was first unveiled that "Apple is an innovating force in the industry."

Officially Intel still has plans to support USB 3.0 reports 
CNET. An Intel spokesperson said, "We are absolutely committed to USB 3.0 and beyond that." Exactly when that commitment will start is the big question and it appears the start will be after Light Peak has time to take hold in the market.

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RE: anticompetitive
By brshoemak on 11/4/2010 12:54:59 PM , Rating: 3
I agree but I think Apple is the perfect platform to launch Light Peak. Not trying to get in a flame war, but we can almost all agree that Apple charges a premium for their product for x,y,z reasons. The people who want the new 'magical' lazer-light technology will pony up the extra cash for it to come by default - something many PC users wouldn't do. The helps with market penetration early on.

Early adopters are great - they work out any bugs in the product, help reduce costs by economics of scale, etc.

I'm willing to put up with some Apple extremists, and no they aren't all like that, who will buy these systems then act as though USB is now the anti-Christ (zomg! 10 gigawatts of throughput! PC's suck!) if I means I can get a good, fast product at a lower price.

RE: anticompetitive
By Gungel on 11/4/2010 1:26:18 PM , Rating: 5
Agreed, Apple can easily charge more for peripherals with light peak connectors and I already can see Monster making Light Peak Cables for $200 each. But this could backfire and light peak will be perceived as very expensive and high end niche product while USB3.0 is the more wide spread and affordable solution. Like a repeat of FireWire and USB.

RE: anticompetitive
By omnicronx on 11/4/2010 1:52:06 PM , Rating: 5
I agree but I think Apple is the perfect platform to launch Light Peak.
I'm sure Apple thinks so too, considering they were the ones that brought the LightPeak concept to Intel in the first place :)

RE: anticompetitive
By Boze on 11/4/2010 7:38:29 PM , Rating: 4

Even the name sounds Appleish. Macheads like names more than acronyms. Acronyms are scary. They require that you actually know stuff. Like words.

"USB". You can rearrange that to spell "SUB". Sub... submarines. Submarines carry nuclear weapons. They run on evil nuclear energy.

"LightPeak". That sounds friendly. Light. Its warm. Comes from the Sun. The Sun is good. Except when its bad. I remember Aunt Beatrice had stage IV metastatic melanoma... but peak is good. Like a mountain. Mountains are pretty. And clean. They're part of nature!

That's how some of these brainwashed kooks think...

USB has been working just fine for us thus far. USB 3.0 is supposed to offer about 3.2 Gbits/s if I recall correctly. That's 400 MB/s. That's quite faster than most SSDs, and even accounting for a 30% overhead, you're still hitting over 200 MB/s. When would someone ever complain about a "mere" 200 MB/s transfer rate between their desktop and an external hard disk, or a USB flash drive, or to their MP3 player, or smartphone? Even moving a couple of gigabytes of data would only take half a minute or less.

I just can't see this becoming a big concern in the next 3 to 5 years. I imagine in 5 years USB 4.0 will arrive on-scene to solve this problem. The cost-benefit ratio doesn't seem to jive, in terms of switching from a hugely adopted industry standard that's served us well for over a decade.

RE: anticompetitive
By Mjello on 11/6/2010 4:41:30 AM , Rating: 3
Marketing when its greatest. Apple makes mediocre products, but has one of the most succesfull marketing departments ever.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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