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Intel Rolling Out 800Gbps Cables This Year 101

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from the silicon-photonics-sounds-cool dept.
phmadore writes "10Gbps cables are what are commonly used in large server centers today, but very soon, according to Ars, 800Gbps cables will be available from Intel. From the article: 'The new cables are based on Intel's Silicon Photonics technology that pushes 25Gbps across each fiber. Last year, Intel demonstrated speeds of 100Gbps in each direction, using eight fibers. A new connector that goes by the name "MXC" holds up to 64 fibers ... The fiber technology also maintains its maximum speed over much greater distances than copper, sending 800Gbps at lengths up to 300 meters, Intel photonics technology lab director Mario Paniccia told Ars. Eventually, the industry could boost the per-line rate from 25Gbps to 50Gbps, doubling the overall throughput without adding fibers, he said.'"
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Intel Rolling Out 800Gbps Cables This Year

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  • Impressive? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11, 2014 @09:59AM (#46454613)

    I don't think this is impressive. I know this is different http://tech.slashdot.org/story/99/10/12/1835225/nortel-gets-64-terabits-on-a-single-fibre but Nortel did 80gbits/s on a single wavelength over 480 km in 1999. They had to have multiple rack of equipment to generate all wavelength to get to their 6.4 tbits/s but I don't see why we could not just use one unit. Did it really take 15 years to adapt the tech and integrate it in a server for server to server communication in data centers?

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