The composit optical fibers used in Thunderbolt-Light Peak composit cables have a diameter of 125 microns, about the width of a human hair. This thin optical fiber will enable Thunderbolt-Light Peak to transfer data over very thin, flexible cables. Existing electrical cable technology in mainstream computing devices is approaching practical limits for speed and length, due to electro-magnetic interference (EMI) and other issues. However, optical technology, used extensively in data centers and telecom communications, does not have these limitations since it transmits data using light instead of electricity. Thunderbolt-Light Peak will bring this optical technology to mainstream computing and consumer electronic devices in a cost-effective manner.
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