Intel touts Light Peak as USB successor

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Senior Intel fellow Kevin Kahn has predicted that Light Peak technology could eventually replace USB (3) as the industry standard.

According to PC World, Light Peak technology will be available in late 2010, with various partners expected to ship Light Peak-enabled devices by 2011.

"We view this as a logical future successor to USB 3.0," explained Kahn. 

"In some sense we'd...like to build the last cable you'll ever need."

However, Kahn insisted that there was no conflict between the two “complementary” technologies, as Light Peak allowed USB and other protocols to run simultaneously on a single cable at higher speeds.

"We expect both to exist together in the market and perhaps on the same platform at the same time," added Kahn.