Innovation in transmission speed: Optical fiber that breaks records and challenges the limits

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Researchers from around the world have taken data transmission to a new level, achieving the astonishing speed of 1.7 petabits through a standard 67 km fiber optic cable. To get an idea, that’s like having 17 million broadband internet connections running simultaneously.

Innovative fiber optic design

The innovation lies in a design change. While traditional cables have a single core that carries multiple light signals, this new type of cable consists of 19 cores, each capable of carrying an independent signal. Thus, a significant improvement in cable capacity is achieved without compromising the overall size of the fiber, which means that it can be integrated into existing infrastructure without the need for significant changes.

The advantage is not limited only to the increase in transmission capacity. The new design requires less digital processing, which means a decrease in the energy required per transmitted bit. This aspect is crucial at a time when energy efficiency is a priority in all industries.

An essential glass chip

The new cable design would not have been possible without the development of a glass chip by researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney. This essential component allowed signals to be fed into each of the 19 cores simultaneously, with uniformly low light losses.

The implications of the breakthrough

We hope to see the implementation of this technology in the submarine cables in the next decade, making it possible to transmit large volumes of data over long distances. But the possible applications go much further. The underlying technology can be used in fields as diverse as space research, disease detection, and infrastructure maintenance.

This breakthrough not only challenges the limits of data transmission speeds, but also raises the possibility of completely transforming the way we approach digital infrastructure. If the past is any guide, we are witnessing just the beginning of a revolution that could change everything from how we consume digital content to how we tackle complex infrastructure and medical problems.

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