Intel demos LightPeak 10Gb/s connectivity ; production by end of 2010

May 4, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Intel’s upcoming LightPeak technology is supposed to provide a connectivity with speeds of !0 Gbit/s over optical fibre. They have been showing it off everywhere. Their latest demo shows a laptop sending two HD streams simultaneously over a LightPeak connection to an HDTV. The laptop used a special USB adapter cable to pair the regular electric cable with the optical ones and the HDTV used a decoder box as it lacked a LightPeak port.

The magic happens in a 12mm square chip in the adapter that converts the electrical signals into light pulses. The 10Gbit/sec datarate refers to simultaneous bi-directional transmission. According to Intel, there is theoretically no limit to the bandwidth that LightPeak can provide. They expect to increase the bandwidth dramatically over the coming years and we will possibly see multiple displays being served data by a single LightPeak connection. Intel expects LightPeak hardware to be available to manufacturers by the end of 2010.

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