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. I wouldnt be surprised if they included a copper pin to transmit power within the lightpeak cables, while the optics would transmit data. It makes perfect sense to me.

    And from intel’s demo video, Lightpeak is slated to replace:
    HDMI? (or any type of display interface- they had Ultra HD displays with 4x the 1080p resolution thru lightpeak)
    Networking (they connected two computers to transfer data)

    you guys should see the demo video ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. “Is any other company adopting Light Peak? It’s only useful on my Mac if there is another Light Peak device to plug it into.”

    More Light Peak peripherals would definitely make it more useful, but it would still be useful to many if it were just on Macs. You could plug a Mac Laptop into another Mac and copy gigs of data in seconds.

  3. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds…. GOOD. I want one. Time to upgrade from the G5. But, can this be used to replace the cuircit board? If the lightpeak is faster than copper than…???

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