16 March 2014

No More Slower Cables With Intel's New Data Cable

Tired of slow copying of files on local network? Well, the good news is that Intel was the first to be implemented its fastest connector that could transfer data at a speed of up to 1.6 Tbps (Tera - bits per second)  — how many movies to be moved? — overtaking those copper Ethernet cables.

In the advent of fast-pacing technology, years of research, finally implemented, well, in networking world, to replace slower cables to this fast optical cable.

Intel's New Fastest Connector called MXC optical cables will be now implemented to use light and lasers to transfer data from networking and computing resources.

In the blog, it is said that these cables can transfer data up to 1.6 Tbps beating, of course, those old Ethernet cables.
Image: Hustvedt | Wikipedia
An optical fiber cable is a cable containing one or more optical fibers that are used to carry light. The optical fiber elements are typically individually coated with plastic layers and contained in a protective tube suitable for the environment where the cable will be deployed. Different types of cable are used for different applications, for example long distance telecommunication, or providing a high-speed data connection between different parts of a building. ~ Wikipedia

Image source: computerworld.com
MXC Optical cables are based on Intel's silicon photonics technology. It is smaller yet more durable with can hold up to range of 300 meters compared to old copper cables(Ethernet) which only covered with limited distance.

Additionally, these cables have 64 fibers, each fiber transfer data at 25 Gbps. In the blog post, however, the pricing has not yet provided. The pricing depends on the number of fibers and distance.

Intel is currently working with the Facebook-backed Open Compute Project with the hope for wider adoption in open server designs. Backers for MXC also include Microsoft, Altera, Huawei and Hisense.
Source: ComputerWorld/Wikipedia
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