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Intel "Intel Corporation announced an important advance in the quest to use light beams to replace the use of electrons to carry data in and around computers. The company has developed a research prototype representing the world's first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers. The link can move data over longer distances and many times faster than today's copper technology; up to 50 gigabits of data per second. This is the equivalent of an entire HD movie being transmitted each second."
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Not impressed
by Brightglaive on Wed 25th Aug 2010 03:55 UTC in reply to "...."
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2010-08-25

I'm not impressed. Cisco had OC-768c/STM-256c (that's 40 Gbps to non-networking geeks)introduced and already installed back in 2007. (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/webguide/internetlife/2007-07-19-swedi...) This was published just before intel announced their 40Gbps stuff. Not only that but dense wave division multiplexing has been around for 10GBps for even longer than that and you could multiplex up to 32 channels of 10Gbps into one fiber pair. That's 320Gbps people. The only thing new here is that it's being done all on one chip with integrated lasers and multiplexing at 12.5 Gbps per channel. The video on that site also implies that other modules could be linked with the first.Sounds like more multiplexing to me. Like I said.... Not impressed.

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