In a recent announcement, Intel, the worlds largest manufacturer of nanotechnology, unveiled Light Peak, a technology which allows transfers of digital photos and music to portable devices at speeds up to 20 times as fast as USB. That’s the same as updating your iPod in under a second.
Utilising fibre optics, Light Peak technology is similar to that used by Virgin Media to provide high-speed broadband. With a maximum speed of 100 gigabites per-second Intel hopes this will be the first successful attempt to make fibre optics a mainstream technology.
When can we hope to see Light Peak in our laptops and PCs? Apple may introduce the ports on their Mac range as early as 2010 with other computer retailers to follow shortly – so perhaps the next time you buy an iPod it won’t take half an hour to transfer your music!