Sony on Wednesday announced the “world's lightest 13-Inch standard voltage PC” in the US. Besides its ultra-thin and light design, the new Vaio Z is particularly noteworthy for its Light Peak-enabled, GPU-packing docking station. Hit the jump for more on the Vaio Z and the accompanying Power Media Dock
While still very rare, external graphics card docks for notebooks are nothing new. But Sony’s implementation of this idea is way more interesting than anything we have seen before. The Japanese electronics behemoth has just announced a new 13-inch ultraportable. Measuring 16.65mm at its thickest point and weighing a mere 2.64 pounds, the Vaio Z has been designed to receive an on-demand shot in the arm from its Light Peak-enabled Power Media Dock. Hit the jump for more.
Not that this will make any difference whatsoever to conspiracy theorists, but by this time next year, you won't hardly be able to find a new PC without a USB 3.0 port. Yes, we've heard all about how Intel is intentionally delaying adding native USB 3.0 support in its chipsets in order to promote its own Light Peak/Thunderbolt interface, but if even if that were true, it doesn't matter because as of right now, OEMs are content with USB.
I’ve seen the light, and it’s dark. Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology, formerly code-named Light Peak, is making its debut as something more like Copper Peak. Instead of the futuristic fiber-optic cables we were promised, we’re getting plain old copper cables that would be passably familiar to Thomas Edison.
If Intel thought that launching Light Peak would help tamp down the nervousness over its new I/O technology, it certainly isn’t playing out that way.
Light Peak, now dubbed Thunderbolt, was never without controversy but now that it’s finally here, the critics aren’t ready to put away the slings. After its launch, the New York Times opined: Is Thunderbolt Really a Thunderbolt? and questioned its consumer value. Slate wondered if it was a worthless grasp at the past? and questioned why Intel should even pursue wired in an age of wireless. The Financial Times accused Intel and Apple of shunning USB 3.0 to the detriment of consumers while others called it Firewire 2.0 (an allusion to the failure of Firewire to win the standards war).
You've probably heard of Light Peak, Intel's new high-speed data transfer I/O, but unless you follow the Apple scene, you probably never heard of Thunderbolt. They're one in the same, with Intel and Apple introducing Thunderbolt today on an updated line of MacBook Pro laptops. But don't worry, though Thunderbolt strikes the Apple platform first, it's also coming to PCs.
Hit the jump for pictures from the actual press conference!
The latest rumor making the rounds is that Intel will officially roll out its Light Peak high-speed connection technology on Thursday. The speculation comes from Intel telling the media that it will "host a...press briefing to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market," and according to "an industry source familiar with the details of the event," CNet says it will indeed be Light Peak. Could this have anything to do with the launch of new MacBook Pros on Thursday?
Wires. Cords. Cables. Coils. Lines. Connectors. Whatever you call 'em, you've probably got plenty of them running between various pieces of beloved hardware. In this wired, wired world of ours, we rely on various cables and connectors to get our technology working in sync, to provide us with internet, with data, with everything from a picture on a display to power. But how many of us really know what's going on in those twisted strands?
To that end, we present to you three common connection technologies - explained, unveiled, and detailed so that you're well versed with the inner workings of your interfaces.
Read on to get the goods on HDBaseT, USB 3.0 and Light Peak!
Intel hasn't had much to say about their Light Peak technology since it was first shown off at last year's Intel Developer's Forum. But now they've produced a demo laptop with the new data interconnect standard built in. In the demo, Intel fitted a standard USB cable with the Light Peak optical cables, and ran 2 HD video streams through it. The technology uses a 12mm chip at each end of the connection that converts light into computer bits.
Intel hopes that Light Peak will eventually replace USB, DisplayPort, DVI, eSATA, and HDMI. The first generation of the technology should be capable of 10Gb/sec bidirectional data transfers. The current USB 3.0 standard is capable of only 4.8Gb/sec. "We expect to increase that speed dramatically. You'll see multiple displays being served by a single Light Peak connection." said Intel's Justin Rattner.
Intel has delayed the integration of USB 3.0 technology in their chipsets until sometime next year, and many feel this is a ploy to weaken USB, making Light Peak a stronger competitor. According to Intel, Light Peak will be available to manufacturers by the end of the year. Would you be ready to jump to Light Peak for your devices?
Every few years, we get new interfaces. Normally, they’re spread out a bit. USB 2.0 comes out, then a new SATA version and later a new PCI Express revision. Lately, though, the trickle of new interfaces has become a deluge, and keeping up with all of them can be mind-numbing – not to mention hard on your credit card.
Let’s take a look at both recently arrived interfaces and those on the near term horizon. We’ll also try to figure out when it makes sense to upgrade or move to the new connection or wait for something better.