intel has been known to introduce some exclusive thing to help dominate the market. Like when AMD and INTEL partnership for MMX.
MMX was a nice marketing plow to help put those two CPU manufactures ahead of everyone else. In reality there was only a dozen software titles actually used that MMX extensions, it was short lived for like 6 months or something but it was a awesome strategy. Who cares about the mmx extensions now? LOL!
Interesting, I got the Camera Connection Kit for my iPad 2 and when attaching 2.5 inch external hdd on it, the iPad complains the attached device is requesting more power then it's prepared to give. It occurred to me that port doesn't meet USB 2.0 standards, maybe only meeting USB 1.1. Did refusing to go USB 2.0 help reduced it's battery consumption rate for the iPad?
Light Peak has potential data speeds capacities, however higher cost of parts for optical connections will keep it back. USB offers powering of devices as well as connection, I don't see anything on this matter concerning Light Peak. I reckon USB still be around another good 10 years or at least till light speed come into mainstream (due to reduced pricing/increase popularity) maybe 2016, long time. Or lack of adaptation could see it never really taking off.
Has anybody asked what sot of bus is going to feed 100Gb/s, or 1Tb/s (the photonics link). Intel has aimed for the 100Gb/s on system bus years ago, but what new (optical) bus might they have up their sleeves now? All I can tell you is AMD should worried and worried about being trumped. Steve Jobs went to see the cell even though he did not want to, he had already abandoned Power PC, because he had already seen what Intel was promising (not that it all came through as expected). If he seen all this, Terascale and all, no wonder.
There's already USB3.0 solutions available so I'm not too concerned about Intel right now. I agree that AMD has an opportunity here if they choose to take it. I, for one, will likely skip USB3.0 and wait for LP -- unless I get a USB3.0 equipped board for other reasons. A great thing about LP is that it can be used to support all protocols including USB3.0 LP is an optical pipeline, not a protocol by itself. It leverages existing PCIe & USB protocols but can collapse all the separate wires for these into a single optical cable.