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Monday, March 26, 2007

IBM chip can download a movie in 1 second

IBM has a prototype optical transceiver chipset which they claim will allow instantaneous movie downloads. 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 that it would normally take.

The chipset is capable of reaching speeds at least eight times faster than optical components available today and has the ability to move information at speeds of 160 Gigabits in a single second. The chip measures only 1/15th the area of a US 10 cent coin and is capable of transmitting the equivalent of 4 million simultaneous telephone conversations.

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