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Researchers Set New Speed Record with 100TB/sec Optical Connections

Written on May 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Speed standards have been redefined anew, as researchers hit the 100 terabit per second benchmark.

Although the commercial needed for it is yet to be realized, two separate researchers just announced that they’ve hit a record of 100 terabit of information per second through a single optic fiber. Downloading will never be the same again if these go mainstream.

Dayou Qian of in Princeton New Jersey and Jun Sakaguchi of ’s National Institute of Information and Communications in Tokyo have reported to have reached the 100 terabit benchmark. Both have used different methods: Dayou Qian squeezed light pulses from 370 separate lasers into one pulse, while Jun Sakaguchi utilizes seven light-guiding cores in a fiber — with each core carrying 15.6 terabit per second.

The fastest in use so far is the one between New York and Washington DC, which carries only a few terabit per second. But according to Tim Strong from Telegeography in Washington, the world is becoming more -hungry with Internet content growing exponentially. With traffic increasing about 50 percent a year, it may not be too long until Internet users finally need that 100 terabit per second connection.

For now, Ting Wang of NEC Laboratories shared that the first application of the 100 terabit connection will most likely be used for giant data centers, such as the ones that power Amazon, , and Facebook.

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