Intel Corp prototyped a TV compatible with the "Light Peak," an external interface for optical transmission, and unveiled it at Intel Developer Forum 2010 (IDF 2010), which runs from Sept 13 to 15, 2010, in San Francisco, the US.
The Light Peak is an optical interface technology that realizes a data transmission rate of 10Gbps and higher. Intel intends to integrate the signal transmissions of USB, Display Port, PCI Express and other interfaces by using the optical interface of the Light Peak for physical layers in the aim of reducing the required numbers of connectors and cables.
Intel disclosed a prototyped notebook PC that is compatible with the Light Peak at Intel Developer Forum 2010 Beijing, which took place in April 2010 in Beijing, China. But this is the first time that the company has exhibited a TV supporting the Light Peak.
In addition to the TV, Intel showcased prototypes of a PC, notebook PC, external hard disk drive (HDD) and professional-use video editing machine that are compatible with the Light Peak. The company expects that netbooks supporting the Light Peak will be released within 2011.
The prototyped TV is based on Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's product. Connection ports for the Light Peak are available on the back of the TV. At the forum, Intel had a demonstration of transferring high-definition (HD) contents from the Blu-ray Disc player of a PC to the TV via a cable dedicated to the Light Peak (optical fiber cable made of glass) and playing the contents.
There was an external HDD connected between the PC and the TV, showing the capability of transferring video to the TV and recording it on the HDD at the same time at high speeds. Also, it indicates that the Light Peak can support daisy-chain topologies. In the demonstration, the video signals were transmitted at a throughput of 6Gbps.
The transmitted video data were 1080p HD contents. Though Intel did not disclose what kinds of transmission protocols are used for the Light Peak, it emphasized that the Light Peak can deal with HDMI, DisplayPort and other protocols. The company also showed a small adapter used for connecting to the TV by using the Light Peak, expecting it to be used for connecting to devices supporting other interfaces.
The prototyped system uses a dedicated connector and a receptacle that are designed based on a USB connector. However, Intel said, "This connector is just a prototype, and we will not necessarily make a product by using a connector with the same shape."
The prototyped TV was being surrounded by many participants who were trying to get a glimpse of it and asking about its release date, the characteristics of the cable, the shape of the connector, etc.