Monday, January 10, 2011

Intel completes Light Peak. Verizon to offer unlimited iPhone data plan?

Intel completes Light Peak

According to Intel has completed work on it's Light Peak technology. Light Peak is ultimately an optical communications protocol, but to bring it to market faster the initial offering uses copper cables. It currently has a top transfer rate of 10Gb/s, which according to Intel will transfer a full Blu-Ray movie in under 30 seconds. When the fiber optic version is released it will have a top speed of 100Gb/s, which I suppose means it will transfer 10 Blu-Ray movies in 30 seconds. I'm sure the MPAA will be thrilled when they hear about it.

But the high bandwidth offered by Light Peak may not be it's most interesting feature. Light Peak is a multiple protocol technology. What that means is that with one Light Peak port you can support multiple data transfer technologies. For example, after Light Peak becomes available you may be able to buy a multi-protocol hub that has USB, Firewire, SCSI, PS/2 and maybe other ports, connect it to a Light Peak port and connect all of your peripherals to the one port. The idea is to reduce the number and type of ports necessary on the computer. If you like computers with small form factors like netbooks, you can understand the need for such a port.

Verizon may offer unlimited data plan for iPhone

According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon will be offering an unlimited data plan for the iPhone - if the rumors are true and a Verizon iPhone will be announced later this month. If they can support the added demand of millions of iPhones, that will be a major feather in Verizon's hat - and a major reason for people to move from AT&T to Verizon.