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Submission IBM Set to Make 1-Second Movie Downloads Possible

Accidental.Librarian writes: Details are slim in this posting, but IBM has announced that they have designed a new optical transceiver that is capable of data transfer rates in the neighborhood of 160 gigabits per second.

The breakthrough could transform how data is accessed, shared and used across the Web for corporate and consumer networks. The transceiver is fast enough to reduce the download time for a typical high definition feature-length film to a single second compared to 30 minutes or more over the best available connectivity today.
More details are to be announced at the 2007 Optical Fiber Conference in Anaheim this weekend, to which the researchers have submitted a paper for presentation.

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