Apple is expected to unveil the use of Light Peak soon, according to recent rumors. The 10Gbps peripheral interface of Intel would be made public after a short time but would have a different name for the Mac. CNET did not confirm whether or not the interface would be also part of the MacBook Pros expected to come very soon.
Indications about Light Peak’s timing may have been released from Intel itself. It had pushed back the launch to 2012 several times, but recently hinted to have moved it up for some reasons. David Perlmutter, architecture lead, has claimed that the technology is ready to be used, but with copper instead of fiber optic pipes, in order to attain the desired speed. There were suspicions that Apple had helped to accelerate the technology, since it was providing input on this standard by itself.
It is known the Light Speed is twice as fast as USB 3.0 and also has multiple possible functions. It is expected that most implementations use it to internal interconnections sharing input from different connection types like USB and FireWire, by means of a simple cable. Intel hopes to get a dedicated port and use it for faster single connections or share multiple outside devices on a single link. Light Peak could be used by Apple to get rid of internal bottlenecks, but an external port could be provided for specialty purposes like the attachment of an external breakout box for ports.
These assertions have not yet been commented by Intel, but if tied to the MacBook Pro they may be made public even next week.