With Ivy Bridge chipsets receiving USB 3.0 certification recently, Intel is now all set to support the technology natively with its next-generation processor platform. But it isn’t the only data transfer technology that Intel plans to support. According to a new report, Intel’s Thunderbolt technology will strike the PC market in April 2012
You can argue the Earth is flat or that man never really landed on the moon, but if you really want to avoid looking foolish, then don't tell anyone Intel is deliberately stalling USB 3.0 long enough for LightPeak to drive a stake in the competing transfer interface. Actually, Intel has long held that the two aren't really competitors at all, and putting its money where its mouth is, Intel went out and received SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification for its upcoming 7 Series and C216 chipset families.
Intel's hoping Thunderbolt, the spec formerly known as Light Peak, will change the world. So is Apple, which introduced Thunderbolt with its recently retooled MacBook Pro computers. That's fine and dandy, but AMD doesn't get what all the hoopla is about. After all, what's the point of Thunderbolt if we can get this whole USB 3.0 thing rolling? That's basically how AMD put it, CrunchGear reports.
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Check out this video of Gordon interviewing an Intel Lab Scientist about the company's upcoming silicon photonics technology which fuses silicon and photons to move date at a spectacular speed. Not be confused with Intel's Lightpeak, Intel's silicon photonics is more intended as a way to move data at far higher speeds and further distances than Lightpeak, which will initially move data at 10Gb/s using optical cables and eventually scale to 100Gb/s. Silicon Photonics is intended to initially hit 50Gb/s and scale to 1Tb/s and could be used for everything from a chip-to-chip interface to a communication link between servers.
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Electron have done a great job ferrying our data. But electronic signals are no longer the answer for humanity's constant craving for greater data speeds. The world is a step closer to replacing electronic signals with light beams for data links in and around computers, thanks to a breakthrough at Intel Labs. The Santa Clara chip maker has designed the world's first silicon-based optical data link, which is capable of moving data at 50 gigabits per second (Gbps) over long distances and promises tera-scale data rates in the future.
“Today computer components are connected to each other using copper cables or traces on circuit boards. Due to the signal degradation that comes with using metals such as copper to transmit data, these cables have a limited maximum length. This limits the design of computers, forcing processors, memory and other components to be placed just inches from each other,” Intel said in a press release. But the chip maker expects the Silicon Photonics Link to effect a revolution in computer design, with its impact reverberating throughout the computer industry – from data centers to consumer electronics.
Intel's latest effort should not be confused with its Light Peak technology, which is meant as “a multi-protocol 10Gbps optical connection” to supplant existing computer bus technologies like USB, FireWire, HDMI and SATA.