New Apple patent could show plans for Light Peak adoption

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac “A newly-published patent application may suggest some of Apple’s plans for Intel’s Light Peak technology,” Electronista reports. “Originally submitted in July, the document is titled Power Adapters For Powering And/Or Charging Peripheral Devices. ‘More particularly,’ Apple notes, ‘the present invention relates to improved techniques for powering and/or charging peripheral devices through a data transmission line.'”

Electronista reports, “Adapters using Apple’s concept would work ‘without requiring any additional cables or connectors,”‘ and power a peripheral ‘without requiring a host, peripheral or hub to remain powered on.’ More significantly, the patent mentions that devices would be able to ‘operate on buses that do not supply power.’ The wording is believed to refer to an optical connection type such as Light Peak.”

More info, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.


  1. LightPeak is not even out yet, anevilmeme. Intel is developing it in collaboration with Apple, among others. Apple is believed to be one of the main drivers behind the project and it makes sense. Electrical buses are reaching their limit, optical is the next best solution. But how they plan to handle powering the device, if it needs power? USB and Firewire can pass along power, does LightPeak? I’ll have to research.

  2. Googled: “What is Light Peak”


    “Light Peak is a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect your electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, displays, disk drives, docking stations, and more. . Light Peak components are expected to begin to become available to customers in late 2010, and Intel expects to see Light Peak in PCs and peripherals in 2011.”

  3. The original iPod was firewire and was a revelation when you plugged it in and blazed through your download. Most of the kids don’t have any recollection of that.

    A LP interface on iOS devices would be amazing. Betcha it’ll happen. iCal me. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cool smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Light Peak renders USB3 obsolete.

    USB3 is the Kindle.

    Apple will legitimize Light peak in the same way they legitimized:
    3 1/2″ floppies
    Airport wireless

  5. available for customers late 2010? are you kidding me? it’s really late 2010. it’s not even out, still concept. Apple is only company which will adapt this technology because they first have got into. I don’t think that other companies will do. I can see another fail like firewire. don’t expect it.

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