Light Peak is the nickname, or codename for a new technology that will be used in the cables that we use to connect our electronic devices. Light Peak technology makes use of extremely high speed optical cables that will allow for the rapid transmittal of data between electronic devices. High bandwidth Light Peak cables will allow for extremely high speed file and data transfer at rapid speeds that we have not yet seen or experienced up to this point. If you compare Light Peak speeds to the file transfer speeds that the average cable these days allows, Light Peak technology is truly phenomenal.
The thing that makes Light Peak technology unique and of extreme interest to developers as a future technology, is the fact that it makes use of optical light technology. Optical technology makes use of light to transmit data rather than electricity which is what is used to using at the moment. The fact that data is transmitted using light rather than electricity eliminates the problem of electro-magnetic interference (EMI). EMI is responsible for much of the limitations in the speeds that we currently experience with the devices and cables that we currently use because of the EMI they emit. EMI causes a slow down in data transfer and puts a cap on how quickly data can be transferred between devices, and how far it can travel. Today’s cables have for the most part reached the maximum potential for speed and length. Light Peak technology does not create EMI and therefore has less issues with speed.
Light Peak technology is packed with potential for speed. As we further advance in technology, everyone is looking for faster and faster transmittal speeds. Light Peak It is capable of bandwidths of around 10 gigabytes per second. However it has the potential to reach around 100 gigabytes per second. Amazingly, at this speed you would be able to copy a full-length BluRay movie in as little as 30 seconds. Although it will be a while before we see Light Peak functioning at its fullest capacity, even the bandwidth that it will provide at launch will already begin to revolutionize the way that we do computing.
Intel is a major player in bringing about the rapid launch of Light Peak technology and making it available to the general public. If things go as currently planned, you should begin to see Light Peak technology offered on devices as soon as 2010. Another benefit of Light Peak technology is that it will be able to compliment other I/O technologies because it will allow everything to connect on one, single cable. Keep your open for this new level of cable that will soon be offered by Intel and other electronic device makers.