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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 foolsgambit11 on 11/4/2010 3:32:47 PM , Rating: 3
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History has shown what happens when Intel backs/does not back a standard, so I don't know why anyone should be surprised by my statements.
Exactly. Look at those titans of the computing world, Rambus, IA64, and EFI.

It took a while for USB 2.0 to go from a niche product to widespread adoption, as well. I remember buying a PCI card to add USB2.0 slots to a brand new computer at least a couple of years after USB 2.0 came out. As for LightPeak, I don't expect the release in 2011 will mean widespread deployment. There will be initial hardware, but I doubt it will be standard on Intel motherboards or integrated into a south bridge chip for at least couple of years. Essentially, I predict the release of LightPeak will be similar to the release of USB 3.0 almost two years ago.


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