Intel Light Peak Connector Tech to Eschew Fiber Optics for Copper in Initial Release

In its initial release, Intel is expected to favor use of copper instead of fiber optics cable in its Light Peak technology. Light Peak is a connector technology that is said to be significantly faster than USB 3.0, driving 10 gigabits of data per second in both directions, can help to replace ports and cables for monitors, external drives, scanners, printers, keyboard and mice, and other peripherals requiring a data cable connection to a PC. The technology has received support from Sony and Apple, and may appear in products as early as early 2011. Though copper will be used in the initial release, speeds should not be affected by the switch according to sources to CNET.

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