We’ve Reached Light Speed, Now What?

Fiber optic technology There are few limits in physics, but the ones that we have are set in stone. If we want to enhance how we use our tools, we’ll need to find ways to circumvent those limits when we reach them. This is sort of what happened when engineers were able to develop fiber optic technology. Our old systems couldn’t keep up with our growing demand, so we began sending our data as light signals.

The Way of The Light

The new system could now send data in the fastest speed possible, and everyone was quick to take advantage of its benefits. Communication networks quickly retrofitted their existing hardware to support the new system. Meanwhile, retailers like Optdex.com supplied SFP-10G-SR transceivers, and other tools to make the shift work even faster.

Even this new system, however, has its own limits that engineers need to overcome. The current data now travels at the speed of light, which is good because there’s nothing in the universe that’s faster. But, it’s also bad, since there’s no way to improve it – at least in terms of speed. This means that people need to find other methods of enhancing the system to meet global demand.

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Increasing The Light Burden

Fortunately, the answer was simple this time; if we couldn’t improve the speed of data transfer anymore, we should focus on increasing the data we’re able to transfer. This is of course measured by how much data we’re able to send through a single fiber. This makes the overall system more efficient, requiring us to use fewer cables in delivering more data.

A research group from the Technical University of Denmark were the first ones to break the Terabyte limit that was the constant barrier of the period. But, the technology we now have is leaps and bounds beyond what we had then, with the latest world record clocking in at 46 Tbps. What makes this announcement special; however, are its possible market applications in the near future.

That’s right; it may be possible for us to begin enjoying data connections with as much as 46 Tbps in the next few years if everything goes well into development. But, who knows what else we’ve already come up with by the time that happens.