Intel to Debut Light Peak on Thursday, Apple Calls It "Thunderbolt"

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KCooper

I hereby suggest a new name: iBolt.

It's also in keeping with Apple's convention... :)

And - there might be a marketing opportunity to connect this new tech, with the world's fastest 100 meter man - Usain Bolt...

*** Think Fast, write slow...

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ocnier

Alas USB 3.0 we hardly knew ye.... LOL

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Biceps

There is no way that Apple would re-name anything without putting the self-centered and self-important 'i' at the beginning. Stop your shenannigans!

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praetor_alpha

Once upon a time, Apple took the IEEE 1394 standard and called it 'FireWire'. I'm sure they would have called it iSomething, but Sony already trademarked iLink and was using it for 1394 ports.

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Neufeldt2002

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the whole idea of light peak was to use fiberoptics? Hence the name.

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ditchbeast

I can't see them only offering LightPeak, it would require new connectors and cable standards? There will likely be a mix to support backwords compatibility (In the beggining anyway). there may be some way of using the standard USB port design for LightPeak however im not sure of the theoretical bandwidth of the copper connectors, but im pretty confident it would slow this down. Short answer - expect both.

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bling581

I'm sure it will be just like any new PC technology for motherboards. When PCI-Express first came out there was only one or two slots and the rest were traditional PCI/AGP slots. Fast forward to today and everything is PCI Express.

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Paul_Lilly

ZDNet has a good article on why copper links won out - LINK

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Neufeldt2002

Thanks for the link.

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someuid

Good reference article explaining why, although I did find it interesting that copper LightPeak will max out at around 2GB/sec where optical LightPeak would be up to 10GB/sec.

I wish Intel had just committed to USB 3.0, then worked to bring out optical Light Peak so we could all move to fiber optic in a nice, smooth flow.  Putting LightPeak on copper really feels like a let down and a half-baked solution to what we really need - a single cabling and connector standard with enough bandwidth for anything from a mouse to 6 monitors to 3D TV to direct attached storage.

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perryra1968

Wow! A new interface coming soon. Sounds exciting. Technology change at its best.

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