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New De-multiplexing Device Promises Massive Data Transmission Speed Boost
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 12:47

New device could soon usher in the 1 Tbps Ethernet era

Shane McGlaun (Blog) - February 4, 2009 10:17 AM

We are seeing significant gains in the performance of many components in computers today. CPUs get faster with each new generation of the hardware. RAM gets faster, hard drives get faster, and SSDs get faster as well. What is also needed are performance improvements in the networks computers send and receive data across.

A new breakthrough is now promising some impressive gains in the speed at which we can read optical data. Today phone calls and cable TV shows are sent across buried cables using sliced light. The slicing of these signals is typically done via an electro-optic modulator. This is the device allowing the laser beam to be turned on and off at high speeds, enabling the ones and zeros of binary code to be transmitted.

One of the big challenges, and bottlenecks in today's system, is the reading of that data on the receiving end. A new record has been set in reading this type of digital data with an error-free component that was able to read data at 640 Gbits/sec. [DailyTech...]    [Comments...]

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