Holey Optochip Transfers One Trillion Bits of Information

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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.

Read the announcement on ibm.com.

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.

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