By itself, the ability to transfer data at such a speed is no longer the same and the news - some companies have already exceeded this indicator of data transfer speed. However, it’s surprising not only and not so much the possibility of wired data transmission at 50 Gb / s, as the possibility of achieving such a result with a conventional optical cable. Yes, this technology is designed for conventional "thin" optics, this is not a thick line for you.
So, all this becomes possible thanks to the new module Photonics Link (very small in size), which allows you to transfer data using laser beams. As a result, the bandwidth of an optical cable reaches an incredible value of 50 Gbit / s in this case. Agree, this is a truly unique achievement. Most likely, if this technology is introduced in the near future (and knowing the ability of Intel to promote its technology, it will happen with a probability of 99%), other companies will urgently need to invent ultra-capacious data carriers, because you need to write down such Amount of information, right? ')
But jokes, jokes, and this news is quite serious, because the official news about Photonics Link is published on the official website of Intel. So far this is a prototype (but the prototype is quite workable, these are not 3D-concepts created by hundreds of designers from around the world), and after a while the developers are going to increase the performance of their device at least 20 times. Yes, they are going to reach an indicator of about 1 terabit per second - several laser modules that work “in tandem” will be used at once.
It remains only to wish the developers success and most importantly - the rapid implementation of this technology. Unfortunately, at least the approximate cost of integrating such modules in a modern fiber-optic network is unknown. It is understandable - because what can we say about the cost of the product, if it is only a prototype? It can cost hundreds of dollars, but after entering the industrial output, the cost will decrease several times. In general, in three or four years we will transmit huge amounts of data in seconds. This is good news.
Oh yeah, the official press release published by Intel is available at this address . There is a photo, video, and some additional information.