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Holey Optochip Transfers One Trillion Bits of Information

IBM scientists have developed a prototype optical chipset, called Holey Optochip, that is the first parallel optical transceiver to transfer one trillion bits – one terabit – of information per second, the equivalent of downloading 500 high definition movies. The report will occur at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference taking place in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Holey Optochip capabilities
  • The raw speed of one transceiver is equivalent to the bandwidth consumed by 100,000 users at today’s typical 10 Mb/s high-speed internet access.
  • Or, it would take just around an hour to transfer the entire U.S. Library of Congress web archive through the transceiver.
  • The transceiver consumes less than 5 watts; the power consumed by a 100W light bulb could power 20 transceivers.