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Friday, 25 February 2011

An In Depth Look at Intel's Thunderbolt Technology

Years ago Intel began developing what they hoped would become a standardized I/O technology which could replace a large number of these connector and cable formats while offering optimal performance for a media-hungry market. Their efforts ended up centering on a format dubbed Light Peak which used an optical connection to push bandwidth to unheard-of speeds.

Light Peak technology was first announced and demonstrated to the public in 2009 and has been gradually fine tuned on a number of fronts. Connectors have finally been chosen, file transfer protocols were decided upon and partners came on board. The end result is simply called Thunderbolt.

It should be obvious by now that with Intel and Apple behind this technology, Thunderbolt should soon become a popular I/O format. This is why we are dedicating a quick article to explore its ins and outs of in a bit more detail... HardwareCanucks

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# Not Light PeakChiz 2011-02-25 00:04
This should not be referred to as Light peak since it still uses the same electrical technology in USB unlike Light peak which uses fiber optic. A good explanation is found in YT and wiki. I think the proper term would be USB 4 duh...
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