Intel shows off light peak...on a hackintosh?

As recently reported by Neowin, Intel has developed a new technology called "Light Peak". With its impressive duplex 10Gps connection it can transfer data at incredible rates. Today Intel has shown off Light Peak by playing a 1080P video over the connection while also transferring files using OS X.

While incredibly impressive, what was even more interesting was that Intel appeared to be running OS X on a hackintosh computer. The video, which can be seen in full here, clearly shows OS X on the monitor but no distinguishable Mac can be seen. There are a couple of possibilities, it could be a torn apart Mac Pro, Intel may have access to certain Mac hardware for development, or it is in fact a hackintosh.

The one idea that they may have access to development hardware seems plausible but considering how locked down Apple is with their security, it seems unlikely they would let them display an upcoming product in this way. Also, the new connector is a prototype, why would Intel hack up a development unit to test out its new connection?

Whatever the answer may be, it does show that the OS X environment may be preferred by Intel as that was the operating system they chose to show off their new connector. Even more interesting is why they didn't show it off on their own flavor of Linux which they recently unveiled.


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So I've been up working for almost 24 hours now...so I might be a little slow and missed something......but did i miss something? I can stream a 1080P movie over my gigabit connection already, and then download 20 files at the same time.

It's really sad to see that the crappy and biased news posts Engadget is well known for has ended up here...Neowinian Fail

You know, this article *would have* been really great, if it was ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY THEY WERE PRESENTING.

Who cares what operating system they're showing it on!

Exactly. It's amazing they would skip over the interesting part, and instead of writing about what Intel was actually testing they try to make a big deal about there not being an Apple logo on the computer. As if Intel buys off the shelf Macs to test their software on. Biggest non-story ever.

it's clearly a mac. watch the video and the torn apart computer on the right clearly has the white mac monitor cable coming out. i don't even like mac and i know that.

You spell it hackintosh then you spell it hackentosh. WHY does the editing suck here? This is the second error I've pointed out in a week.

excalpius said,
Because there are no editors. This is not a professional news site with trained journalists and editors. It's a blog.


Blasphemy!!!

DAaaMan64 said,
You spell it hackintosh then you spell it hackentosh. WHY does the editing suck here? This is the second error I've pointed out in a week.

You can't misspell a word that doesn't even exist ...

Ricardo Gil said,
You can't misspell a word that doesn't even exist ...


The word does exist, and it is spelled hackintosh. Just because a word isn't in the dictionary doesn't mean it isn't a commonly used word, or that it doesn't exist. From the wikipedia article on OSx86:
A computer built to run this type of Mac OS X is also known as a Hackintosh, which is a portmanteau of the word "hack" and the name of Apple's main brand of computers, Macintosh.
Since Macintosh is spelled with an "i" in the middle, so Hackintosh should be spelled with an "i" and not an "e".

um so its a hackintosh because it has no apple logo on it? yet Intel designs Apple's boards and chips... um... anyone else see the problem with this insinuation?

neufuse said,
um so its a hackintosh because it has no apple logo on it? yet Intel designs Apple's boards and chips... um... anyone else see the problem with this insinuation?

Wait a little bit more and MAC fans will start claiming that Apple invented the CPU.

zagor said,
Wait a little bit more and MAC fans will start claiming that Apple invented the CPU.

I believe MAC fans would probably just be applying their makeup somewhere. Mac fans really won't care, either way.

NeoTrunks said,
I believe MAC fans would probably just be applying their makeup somewhere. Mac fans really won't care, either way.


ROFL!!!!

"Even more interesting is why they didn't show it off own their own flavor of Linux which they recently unveiled."

Proof reading needs work...

Mac Pro, Mac Mini... Basically what everyone's already said, there's so many possibilities for this... Besides, they're obviously going to have to open a Mac up to put their new technology inside, plugging it into a USB2 port would kind of defeat the object.

Furthermore, I don't think Apple would like you using the phrase 'Hackintosh', they'd much prefer 'Hac' these days.

Nothing here very strange, Intel develops the motherboards, chipsets, BIOSes, and processors for Macs - they are probably just using Mac compatible hardware of their own, and it would be odd if Intel didn't have access to Mac OS X to develop and test everything together.

random_n said,
HDMI wires can go for 100ft pretty easily. That's a lot of area to hide a computer in.

Except they were using Lightpeak and not HDMI weren't they?

perhaps he was refering to the fact that hdmi can go up to 100ft so the monitor could be approx 100ft away from the base unit. The transfers were done via lightpeak.

Or just the fact that you can stream a 1080P Windows Media HD movie and copy files at the same time without dropping frames now currently on a Gigabyte connection.

Indeed, that's just plain amateur like news.

Open your eyes and learn that Mac is now powered by Intel. Pentium II and PowerPC era is now over!

WHAT

Because he didn't see a Macentosh computer (seriously, why does he keep spelling things wrong with an "e" instead of an "i"?), he assumes it's a PC?

Macs uses Intel hardware and Intel CPUs. They work just like PCs. So if you don't see a Mac around, it can be hidden just as easily as a PC.

I'm not sure this is front page worthy news. Lot's of companies demo on mac's with different monitors and the hardware components are stored out of sight. It could simply be that the hardware is stored below the desk, out of sight.

I reckon that Intel needed a pretty high end machine, so they've got a mac pro under the desk - the monitor attached to it can be anything, apple branded or not.

Although it wouldn't surprise me if intel have permission to have test machines, but I guess we'll never know.

elpasi said,
I reckon that Intel needed a pretty high end machine, so they've got a mac pro under the desk - the monitor attached to it can be anything, apple branded or not.

Although it wouldn't surprise me if intel have permission to have test machines, but I guess we'll never know.


Since Intel makes the boards for Apple, I dont think Apple would care if it wasn't Apple branded as Intel has tons of test boards that they designed to start with..... and made EFI, which Apple uses..... etc....etc...

Is it possible that that because Snow Leopard has QTX, OpenCL and GCD thats why they chose it?

I mean considering they were mentioning that the video did not suffer any stuttering during the file transfer

As above poster said, Intel supplies the fundamentals for Macs so i'm pretty sure Apple would give them exclusive permission to test new technology on any hardware they want.
After all who will benefit first... yup Apple!