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Intel Connects PCs To Devices Using Light

CWmike writes “Intel is working on a new optical interconnect that could possibly link mobile devices to displays and storage up to 100 meters away. The optical interconnect technology, Light Peak, could communicate data between systems and devices associated with PCs at speeds of up to 10Gbits/sec., said David Perlmutter, vice president and general manager of Intel’s mobility group. The technology uses light to speed up data transmission between mobile devices and connected devices like storage, networking and audio devices, the company said. The technology could help transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie in less than 30 seconds, says a post on Intel’s site. Light Peak can run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling mobile devices to perform tasks over multiple connected devices at the same time. ‘Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible,’ according to the Intel entry. It could also lead to thinner and fewer connectors on mobile devices, Perlmutter said.”

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