By twisting light beams, engineers could produce the fastest Internet ever. Today, for the speediest broadband, fiber-optic cables transmit information in pulses of light. Since the early 2000s, physicists have been working to make data travel even faster by bouncing light off a liquid crystal to twist it. Several coiled beams can nest within one another and move through the same space at the same time.
A recent demonstration by Alan Willner, an engineer at the University of Southern California, moved 100 terabits (the equivalent of 2,600 DVDs) per second through the air—the fastest data transfer in free space ever. But before the tech will work commercially, engineers need to finish developing a new cable that can carry the light.
I have recently seen an article about fiber to home in Holland being build across this country and having a ridiculous fast speed of 1Gb/s.
So 100 terabits per second would be like (1 terabits = 1000 gigabits time a hundred) 100.000 times faster then that??? Or am i wrong here.
Not if the MPAA has anything to say about it.
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yep you got that one right... 100 000 times faster...
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@Vt007, Well that will mean a giant leap indeed. Information will really be shared without limitations. Like handing someone a stack of Blu-Ray disc`s on the spot. Super realistic gaming can really be done streamed over the internet. Even with fiber to home at 1Gb/s. Which is actually 125 faster then my own connection at home.
It`s incredible how technology is developing. A shame the average American citizen is still going backwards financially on most levels.
@greenmatrix Here in America they are implementing system that do 1 Gb/s.
No, there are 1000 gigabyte in a terabyte, not a terabit. One gigabyte = .0078125 terabits.
So if this connection is 100,000 times faster than a 1 Gb/s connection than is it 1,000,000 times faster than my shitty 1 Mb/s connection? I'm bad at math.
Wasn't something similar to this posted a while back?
From a career IT guy - here is what you are looking for guys..
1Tb = 1024Gb
("Bit" is the lowercase "b" Byte is an uppercase and means 8 "Bits")
So 100Tb would be 102,400 times faster than 1Gb/s or 102,400Gb/s
This would fill up your 1TB drive in 0.000078125 seconds(considering your drive had write capabilities that fast which they don't!).
(Hard disk drives are advertised in "Bytes" not "Bits")
@mike. That would be 100.000.000 times faster then your current 1 megabits per second connection. Now that's speed you can sign me up for.
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IT guy got it wrong. 1000 Gb are in a Tb, not 1024, as per the SI prefixes. The tech industry may label something as 4 GB when it is really 4096 MB, but is often rounded down (or up) in these cases.
This is about one terabyte every tenth of a second (if you're imagining filling up a 1TB hard disk).
Also, this is infrastructure speed ... little to do with individual user download speed. I think the current fastest single commercial CABLE is already close to the 100 Tbit/s rate and the experimental record is much faster. This THROUGH AIR record is not huge but has some advantages over cable depending on the application. I'm guessing it will be some time before it could potentially shoulder the main workload currently handled by fiber optics.
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Interesting article. I hope this tech happens soon in our real world sense!
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Sacrieur, you are incorrect. The difference is all about profit. Selling a USB drive that is 1,000 GB for 100 USD as opposed to 1,024 GB is more lucrative. It doesn't change the fact that all math in computer systems is based on powers of 2. Rounding is a function of marketing, not math.
Inetesting how the shape resembles nano-tubes. I predict that in the future, both technologys will be used in tandom to produce ever-faster computers.