Intel is showing lots of power to continue to dominant. They have been moving strategically and developing products which make sense. It is good to see them drive the market . Light Peak with become a game changer.
What does Intel want? Lightpeak is anyday better (more $$ in profits) for them, so why would they push USB 3.0? However, if Intel doesn't support USB 3.0, it will be a golden opportunity for AMD (& others perhaps) to gain market share in desktop & laptop systems. If Intel pushes Lightpeak more, they will have a strategy to make it popular. Perhaps, incubate/support Lightpeak-to-USB converter makers while trying to convince the device makers to shift to Lightpeak sooner.
I think the comparison here in the article is not done in the proper way as USB 3.0 is looked as high speed solution for desktops and portable devices. Where as LightPeak will move towards network devices finding it application.
This will surely reduce the cost of optical interconnects compared to present scenario.
Does anybody have any specs on the required fiber to be used with Intels Light Peak?
I can see that as being an issue with uptake if high coherency fiber is required rather than the less expensive fiber.
I also agree with the licensing. If Intel makes it available as an open license then it may pick up for remote disk arrays.