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Intel’s LightPeek Was Apple’s Idea?

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Last week, Intel showed off it’s new astounding technology, named “LightPeek”. Light Peak is an optical interconnect for mobile devices and it can run as fast as 10Gbps. That’s fast enough to do everything from storage to displays to networking, and it can maintain those speeds over 100-meter runs, which is pretty astounding. Intel says “the idea is to drastically reduce the number of connectors on mobile devices, which should allow them to get even smaller.”

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Right. Too bad it wasn’t Intel’s idea!

Engadget has learned from a “very reliable source” that Apple came to Intel in 2007 to start developing the technology. What makes this really odd is that the reliable source knows that Steve Jobs talked directly to Paul Otellini (Intel), and that the technology was designed specifically for devices without a lot of real estate for ports, a.k.a a tablet.

Apple has set it’s sights on a new standard, meaning this “Light Peek” tech. What’s so notable about this, however, is that the folks at Cupertino are pushing hard, and I mean HARD, to get this into production no matter when SATA or USB 3.0 releases. This is very reminiscent of the USB/iMac story, in which Intel created the USB, and Apple popularized it.