I remember some few years ago when some guys set a new FTP speed record. By optimizing the code of various servers around the world, they were able to blast data through the Net at almost 100 times normal ADSL or Cable speeds. Obviously, a T1 or T4 fiber line would be faster. And now comes along IBM.
IBM is set to debut a new chipset at the Optical Fiber Conference (they have one for everything, probably even floppy disks) in Anaheim, California. This new chipset will probably become a standard, simply for the sake that it will allow for the downloading of a complete high-definition movie in about 1 (that's one) second. Bit Torrent, here I come!
errr, just kidding Hollywood : )
It is said that this new chipset (sorry, no word when the average consumer will see it) will blast data don a line up to eight times faster than any networking components currently available. Just imagine; YouTube videos without any wait, game demos downloaded in less time than it takes to install them, and the fact that Internet pornography sites should see their business quadruple. I guess there's no excuse for shakey web cam videos anymore, not that I would know anything about that. Honestly, I don't! I guess big business and corporate servers would like it too.
In terms of actual bandwidth, it's said that this new chipset can send data at 160 Gigabits - or 160 billion bits of information per second. But the single greatest drawback in the fact that it is a fiber optic line. I don't know about you, but the wires streaming ones and zeros into my house aren't made from glass. Their still old fashioned copper. Of course speed of light flashes down a fiber optic line will be faster, but phone and cable companies would be reluctant to deploy such a technology due to the sheer number of homes that would require re-wiring. Of course, they could simply implement high speed fiber to their repeater stations (some do already) and then branch off into copper after that.
A brief statement from T.C. Chen, vice president of Science & Technology at IBM Research, helps to shed some importance on higher bandwidth.
"The explosion in the amount of data being transferred, when downloading movies, TV shows, music or photos, is creating demand for greater bandwidth and higher speeds in connectivity,"
"Greater use of optical communications is needed to address this issue. We believe our optical transceiver technology may provide the answer."
Okay, how long until I can start downloading at crazy fast speeds? I want my moves in two seconds flat or my money back.