A Tiny New IBM Chip Offers Insane Internet Speeds

By Adam Clark Estes on at

IBM researchers in Switzerland have unveiled the prototype for an energy efficient analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) that enables internet connection speeds as fast as 400 gigabits per second, for use in deep space research.

Thats thousands of times faster than the average UK household connection. That's fast enough to download a two-hour-long, 4K Ultra HD movie in mere seconds. In short, that's incomprehensibly fast.

The ADC chip itself was actually built for grander pursuits than downloading episodes of Planet Earth, though. It's actually bound for the Square Kilometre Array in Australia and South Africa to help us peer hundreds of millions of light years into space, hopefully to give us a better idea of what the universe was like around the time of the Big Bang. This massive radio telescope will devour data, too. It's expected to gather over an exabyte every day when it's finished in 2024. That's over 100 billion gigabytes.

Those clever Swiss researchers haven't crafted the worlds fasted speeds though; for that you'll have to look no further than the UK where researchers recently developed 1.4 terabit internet using commercial-grade hardware. That's warp speed. [ZDNet]

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