By, Deeraj Soman S7 ECE A, 47

Here comes the role of light peak.WHY LIGHT PEAK ?  Present Scenario In this world of miniaturization and fast connectivity. it is always desired to have a connectivity technology with higher bandwidth and faster rate. .

thinner form factors and new usage models ± Too many different cables and connectors  Demand for simplified connectivity .TODAY¶S CHALLENGES  Continued demand for more bandwidth ± Today¶s interconnects nearing practical limits  Desire for more flexible designs.


and often on a single daisy chained cable . and successfully replaced a number of older technologies However.BANDWIDTH DEMANDS    USB was developed for the same purpose. increasing bandwidth demands have led to higher performance standards like eSATA and Display Port Light Peak provides a high enough bandwidth to drive these over a single type of interface.

& more) ‡ Enable new innovative architectures ± ± Support multiple protocols simultaneously Extend the reach of these protocols ‡ Common I/O architecture for the next decade and more ± ± Single. laptops. power for broad use for 10+ years Wide range of devices (handhelds. PCs.Intel¶s Vision ‡ Provide a low-cost optical-based I/O ± ± Scalable bandwidth. CE. cost. flexible cable that can carry several platform I/O Economies of scale from a single solution .

Light Peak is being developed as a single universal replacement for current buses such as SCSI. PCI Express and HDMI. FireWire.WHAT IS LIGHT PEAK?    Light Peak is an optical cable interface designed to connect peripheral devices The technology has a high bandwidth at 10 Gbit/s. USB. in an attempt to reduce the proliferation of ports on contemporary computers . with the potential to scale to 100 Gbit/s by 2020. SATA.

  Longer. with external I/O keeping up with most platform interconnects 2.KEY BENEFITS 1. Higher bandwidth ± 10Gbs to 100Gbs over the next decade   Enables I/O performance for the next generation Allows for balanced platform. thinner cables and smaller connectors Up to 100 meters on an optical-only cable Each fiber is only 125 microns wide. the width of a human hair . or to combo devices such as docking stations 3.   Supports multiple existing I/O protocols over a single cable Smooth transition for today¶s existing I/O protocols Can connect to more devices with the same cable.


CE and phone devices. Extended Graphics in dock or display for high performance at office or home.CLIENT PC KEY USAGE/ EXPERIENCES DRIVING INNOVATION IN FOUR FOCUS AREAS  Flexible System Designs & Thinner Form Factors More flexibility and choice for notebooks and all-in-one I/O expansion at office or home.  Media Connectivity & Creation Create broadcast quality media by connecting high bandwidth and low latency AV devices to your mobile and DT PC. Low overhead reduces system power and provides better multi-tasking while editing. with accurate time sync for real-time processing.  Cable Simplification Simple connectivity across PC.  Faster. More Efficient Media Transfer Less waiting to sync or transfer during media creation & consumption (higher BW). .

DEVELOPMENT STATUS  Light Peak is on track for 2011 products ± ± First products expected in 2011 No OS changes required  Initial usage models focus on performance & simplification ± ± Faster media transfer and creation Flexible designs. that complements other existing interconnects . thinner form factors and simplified cable connections  Momentum continues to increase across the industry. with vendors demonstrating prototype devices Light Peak is a high-speed. multi-protocol interconnect for innovative and emerging client usage models.

higher capacity storage solutions to keep up with the explosion of digital media.´ ± Leonard Tsai. Western Digital Corporation  ³Avid is impressed by the performance Intel Light Peak delivers.INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE   ³Sony is excited about the potential for Light Peak technology that Intel has been developing. NPSG.´ ± Max Gutnik. Business Unit Manager for Professional Solutions.´ ± Erwan Girard. Sony ³Intel¶s Light Peak technology increases cable performance and simplicity.´ ± Dale Pistilli. and believe it could enable a new generation of high-speed device connectivity. VP Marketing. Compal is demonstrating these benefits in an existing Light Peak prototype. The new interface promises to deliver superior performance that we believe will create a new class of even faster. LaCie . Branded Products. Compal  ³Western Digital believes Intel Light Peak connectivity will bring both higher performance and simpler interfaces for people to access and enjoy their digital media in new and innovative ways. enabling both faster connections and innovative system designs. Avid Technology  ³LaCie is excited to support the advancement of Intel¶s ground-breaking Light Peak technology. and believes it will enable workstation-level media creation on mobile for the first time. and looks forward to working with Intel and others in the industry to bring potential solutions to market in 2011.Ryosuke Akahane. Audio Product Management.´ . Vice President of Vaio Business Group. Director. VP Innovation Design Technology.

creation  Light Peak is on track for 2011 system products ± ± ±  Initial usage models focus on performance & simplification ± ± . thinner form factors and simplified cable connections Faster media transfer. thinner cables and smaller connectors Controller & other components on track for EOY¶10 production First systems products expected in 2011 Uses existing I/O protocol software Flexible designs. multi-protocol interconnect for innovative and emerging client usage models. that complements other existing interconnects Key benefits of Light Peak: ± ± ±  10Gbs to 100Gbs over the next decade Capability for multiple existing I/O protocols over a single cable Longer.SUMMARY  Light Peak is a high-speed.


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