Is Light Peak on the Cards for CES 2011?

  • Posted on: 26 December 2010
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

intel light peakSince the introduction of Intel’s fibre optic Light Peak technology earlier this year I haven’t seen or heard anything and with CES 2011 just two weeks away I think it might be on the cards.  One thing Intel did say, is we can expect to see Light Peak enabled products as early as next year (2011).  Therefore, I was thinking what better place to launch the first commercial consumer product with such a break through in connected home solution than at CES 2011.  I think it will be there, but the unanswered question is, which big name will have it, will it be LG, Samsung, Sony, JVC or Apple.

Light Peak promises to make it affordable for us to move data around the house using fibre optic technology.  With initial speed of up to 10 gigabits per cent I think many of us will find use for it.

It was rumoured that they [Intel] will work through the USB-IF to standardised the technology, responses so far is that the USB IF board is discussing the possibilities.

So who will be demonstrating Light Peak at CES 2011?  A the time of the launch Sony seems very enthusiastic about the technology as their vice president of Viao Business Group was quoted as saying “Sony is excited about the potential for Light Peak technology that Intel has been developing, and believe it could enable a new generation  of high-speed device connectivity.”

It is also rumoured that Apple is interested to speed up data transfer from its products to the PC, but they did not confirmed or denied it. At one of the launch demonstrations Intel used a Mac OS X computer to demonstrate Light Peak on the Apple Mac.

So far we know that it works on PC and Apple Mac and Sony and Apple are interested. Therefore, I believe that whoever will be at CES 2011; Sony or Apple or both one of them be high lighting the virtues of Light Peak.