An interesting peak at Intel's future strategy.
Light Peak is what Intel is calling its first consumer implementation of an external optical bus, and will start at 10 gigabits per second, and will start appearing in products sometime in 2010. The bus will support multiple protocols as well - in theory, you could send USB, ethernet, audio, and video at super fast rates over one unified optical connection. If you think about the same thing happening but on the motherboard, you’ll get a sense for the beginning of how optical data connections will supplant copper.
Cool. It'd be nice to have a motherboard with 10 or more Light Peak connections instead of the current USB 2.0 + USB 3.0 + eSATA + Firewire circus.