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Light Peak, what is its future?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ZakkWylde, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. ZakkWylde

    ZakkWylde

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    I've been reading a bit about Light Peak http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Peak . It sounds promising, having the potential for nearly everything in one port. Right now it lacks electrical power so that is a question. Do you think it has the potential to eliminate the usb interface in time? What does everyone think?
     
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    Why bother with its future when it doesn't even have a present yet?
     
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    yes and no it has potential but cost and actual need for it are slim atm, as far as electrical power adding that to the connector at a later point shouldn't be a problem
     
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    cool stuff, isnt it the future of lots of things, for expample motherboards having fiber optical connections instead of the usuall metal(copper)
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    ATM its mostly theory they do have a working proof of concept for the external version of it which i doubt we will see on anything till 2020+

    why did it quote your sig too:wtf:
     
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    I realize that this isnt available currently, it may not even develop past this stage, but if it does and the scaling is as impressive as predicted think of everything it could be used for.

    Do you know what the current cost outlook is?

    I have heard that aswell, the speed of light is faster than the speed of electricity is it not? (I realize this could vary)

    Also is it true that optical cables like this (eg. TOSLINK) are more fragile than their metal counterparts?
     
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    Yes, light is faster than electricity. Bar nothing.

    *off-stage rant about the current educational system*
     
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    Ha ha. You guys are so 21st century.

    The reverse communication protocol I've been developing, which involves tachyons suspended in a wormhole, is the real future of peripheral buses.

    Makes light look slow and my method resolves all future based paradoxes with nothing more than a hot cup of strong tea.
     
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    Sorry I wasn't more clear. "Light is faster than electricity when passing through matter as a means to transmit data". Im sure electricity travels through a piece of sheet metal faster than a flashlight beam (probably a terrible comparison). Cant the material used for fiber optics vary? and vary in its bandwith? just as metal cables of different size/metals? I don't know how greatly this can effect it though.
     
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    Fiber optics does not use metal wire, but fibreglass.
     
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    If they wanted it to replace usb they should have built power into the original spec. The more incomplete it seems the less it will appeal to mb makers and the like.
     
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    That sounds interesting; is there anywhere one could read up on more details?
     
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    The futures bright... lol.

    I'm not judging till i hear some form of specifications...
     
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    Nope. Intel is till pulling specs out of their ass. Read the wiki page. Everything is all even numbers. They try to explain so BS about add-on cards but don't really do a good job. Just wait 2 years and see what happens, this won't come of for a good long time.

    Plus, have fun getting the world to switch over to this when USB is so popular. Comparison: switch people from QWERTY to DVORAK. It just won't happen.
     
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    So you think its pree much dead from the start?
     
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    Just to be off-topic:
    Yeah, Apple would like to have my monitor and my keyboard connected through the same type of cable.
     
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    The rumors of this thing's demise are greatly exaggerated. That's about all I can say on the topic without getting sued into the next dimension.
     

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