As originally proposed, the fiber-optic technology connects many devices to PCs with fiber-optic lines. But the initial
version of Light Peak will use copper instead of light-based technologies, according to an industry source familiar with
Light Peak is significantly faster than even USB 3.0, carrying data at 10 gigabits per second in both directions power leveling
simultaneously. Connection speeds will not be affected by the transition to copper, according to sources.
Light Peak is on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011–and likely earlier in the year than later. Intel has
received backing from both Sony and Apple, which are expected to be among the first to use the technology.
Intel declined to comment.
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