IBM has announced Monday an optical chipset that could allow you to download a complete high-definition movie in one second, rather than the 30 minutes or more that today's fastest chips allow.
Measured in another way, the chipset can transmit the equivalent of four million simultaneous telephone conversations. The company said that the optical transceiver can move data at up to eight times more quickly than the fastest existing optical chips -- up to 160 Gbps.
The optical transceiver chipset moves information as light signals, not as electrical signals, and IBM said it could be available by 2010.
the new optical chipset, only one-fifteenth the size of a dime, can be manufactured with high-volume techniques and so could result in low-cost products. They could be integrated into printed circuit boards for PCs or set-top boxes.
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