This Little Intel Cable Moves Data at a Staggering 800Gbps

By Jamie Condliffe on at

This unassuming little green cable may not look like much, but it can carry data along its core at a breathtaking 800Gbps.

Based on Intel's Silicon Photonics technology, the cable uses 64 fibres—32 for transmitting and 32 for receiving—each capable of moving data at 25Gbps. Multiply that up, and it can shift 800Gbps in each direction, an aggregate of 1.6Tbps. Those fibres are brought together at the end by an MXC connector—which doesn't stand for anything—that is significantly slimmer than a standard ethernet cable head.

But don't expect to swap your USB 3.0 or Cat 5 cable for MXC anytime soon. The cables are really designed to take the place of interconnect cables in data centres and supercomputers, where they're intended to replace the 10Gbps cables commonly used to connect switches and the like. Maybe one day, though, you'll have a super-fast green cable, too. [Intel via Ars Technica]