In perspective, Light Peak technology is Intel’s codename for an advanced optical standard originally proposed by Apple that transmits high bandwidth amounts of light data between 10Gbps and 100Gbps over fiber optic cable strands. One of the clear benefits of the technology is that it is designed to connect electronic devices to one another over a peripheral bus. FireWire, USB, SATA, SCSI and HDMI are all common bus technologies that the majority of consumer populations benefit from but unfortunately lack compatibility with one another. Intel intends to deploy Light Peak over the next few years as a universal interconnect standard with highly scalable bandwidth performance.
Ensphere Solutions is currently focused on designing a 10Gbps dual-channel optical-to-electrical and electrical-to-optical transceiver chip for the technology. The company decided to push its manufacturing limits by going with a 65nm CMOS design that should greatly benefit expanded research projects focused on faster throughput performance in the near future.