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Intel Light Peak now Thunderbolt

Intel today plans to release Light Peak, a high-speed connection technology that Apple is also likely to adopt, according to an industry source familiar with the details of the event.

Intel changed the code name from Light Peak to Thunderbolt for its launch of the product.

There will also be a media event held the same day at the Intel campus in Santa Clara, Calif., where the chipmaker will conduct technology and product demonstrations.

Thunderbolt is a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect your electronic devices to each other. Thunderbolt delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Thunderbolt also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, displays, disk drives, docking stations, and more.

Multi-Protocol Enables new and innovative usage models. Thunderbolt consists of a controller chip and an optical module that would be included in platforms supporting this technology. The optical module performs the conversion from electricity to light and vice versa, using miniature lasers and photo detectors. Thunderbolt also includes a controller chip that Intel will provide. The controller chip provides protocol switching capabilities to support multiple protocols over a single cable.


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