Apple, Intel May Team Up to Cut Your Cables

Light Peak connector could replace a whole mess of computer cords

By Charlie White
|  Monday, Sep 28, 2009  |  Updated 11:30 AM PDT
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Intel's recently introduced Light Peak connection is a fiber-optic hookup that could replace just about any other connector you use on your PC or Mac -- from your monitor cable to your hard drive connector to the tail of your mouse.

Now we're hearing that the ultrafast 10 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) optical cable technology was created by Intel because Apple CEO Steve Jobs requested it.

Could this show up in the upcoming Macs in fall 2010? Let's hope it appears on those machines as well as all other PCs, because this technology has tremendous potential, with the ability to scale up to 100 Gbps over the next 10 years.

There are even rumblings of this technology showing up in iPhones and iPods, giving you the ability to hook up those handhelds with a display and a whole lot more. This could be revolutionary.

How fast is it? To give you an idea, the first iteration, that 10 Gbps transfer rate, is fast enough to transfer an entire Blu-ray movie in 30 seconds. Fiber optics? Super high speed for everything, including displays, docking stations, disk drives, peripherals and workstations? Let's get rid of USB, Ethernet, SATA, VGA, and an alphabet soup's worth of wires and connectors. Let there be light!

Electronista, via Ubergizmo

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