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
earlier this year and was thought to be coming in late
2010.That date was later pushed and CNET
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.
quote: USB 3.0 is just another data cable technology. However, LightPeak is designed to replace many, if not all, data cable technologies by a common cable/connector standard that can handle all those previous functions.
quote: Simply put, you've just explained exactly why LightPeak will be far more expensive to implement. Not only will cables be more costly, but so will most of the components invloved.