Light Peak – Overkill for Audio Interfaces?

This week, Intel and Apple announced the first incarnation of Light Peak – on the latest iteration of Mac laptops. Apple calls it Thunderbolt.

Cheesy name aside, the 10 gbps performance is staggering. It’s more than an order of magnitude faster than Firewire 800. Want to move a Blueray movie? Less than a minute. USB 2.0 and 3.0 just got leap-frogged, big-time.

For those of us with terabyte+ music libraries, moving these and backing them up just got easier. This interface has 3x the transfer rate of a high-performance SATA drive!

Is Apple positioning this as the successor to firewire? Probably. Will it lead to better fidelity in music server systems? Who knows.

But I want one…

Bob

 

 

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 Audiophile, Bob, News, Technical

2 Comments to Light Peak – Overkill for Audio Interfaces?

  1. Hey Bob,

    You Wrote:
    “Apple calls it Thunderbolt. Cheesy name aside, the 10 gbps performance is staggering…”

    Agreed, major cheese name but, Light Peak was only the code name given during development. This first implementation uses a copper PHY but, all (two of) the implementations I’ve seen at Intel Developer Forum were over fibre, which’ll be smokin’ fast when it arrives.

    “Is Apple positioning this as the successor to firewire? Probably. Will it lead to better fidelity in music server systems? Who knows.”

    It is the successor to 1394 as far as Apple & Intel are concerned, though I doubt it will lead to better fidelity since FireWire and USB3 both support isochronous transactions and FireWire is a true peer-to-peer protocol…two key contributors to fidelity.

  2. Oliver Masciarotte on February 25th, 2011
  3. Great ponts, Oliver. Thanks!

  4. Bob on February 25th, 2011