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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 Boze on 11/4/2010 7:38:29 PM , Rating: 4
Agreed.

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.


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