Intel hints at Light Peak launch tomorrow

By on February 23, 2011, 8:00 AM
Intel has invited journalists to a pair of events in California this Thursday, where it will "discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market" and conduct technology and product demonstrations. The event is perhaps not so coincidentally timed with the rumored refresh of Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, which will reportedly introduce Intel's Sandy Bridge processors on that same day, as well as a connector based on Light Peak technology.

The new interconnect is said to offer two-way transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, which is more than double the maximum throughput of USB 3.0 connectors that Apple has been reluctant to adopt. In the future, Light Peak may scale to 100Gbps and Intel hopes it will serve as a single universal replacement for current buses such as SATA or USB, but that's certainly not going to happen in its first implementations -- especially with the switch back to copper cabling.

There's no solid evidence that we'll see the new connector on products this week but it would coincide with the time frame Intel laid out for Light Peak's debut, and at the very least it seems new MacBooks are indeed around the corner.

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