9/16/2010 2:06 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Intel Corp. showed a demo of the 10 G bit/second Light Peak optical interconnect at its annual Intel Developer Forum and said it will be ready to go into systems as early as 2012. That's about the same time the USB 3.0 interconnect is expected to ramp into high volume with support in chip sets.
At IDF Intel showed a Compal notebook linked to an Avid audio processor and Western Digital storage system to handle professional audio editing (see video here). An Intel ecosystem manager for Light Peak said the systems all used an Intel controller for Light Peak.
Chips for the optical interconnect will be available in 2011 and systems could hit the market in 2012, he said. Separately, PLX Technology showed at IDF a demo of Light Peak carrying PCI Express 3.0 traffic between systems.
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