Photonic chip hits 1 terabit/sec

Infinera achieves record speed after decade of work

Just about everything on the Internet is expanding constantly, like the universe. Files get bigger, streaming video and audio become more common, and the overall amount of data traffic continues to balloon at a rate of about 50 percent a year.

To keeps things from clogging up, the networks that handle that traffic need similar growth in the speed with which they handle the data.

A team at Infinera Corp. has developed one possible solution: a photonic integrated chip capable of handling 1 terabit/sec, reports Science Daily.

The Infinera team has worked for a decade on photonic integrated circuits and achieved its record speed on a single integrated indium phosphide chip.

Infinera is scheduled to present the chip at the joint Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) March 6-10 in Los Angeles.

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Kevin McCaney is a former editor of Defense Systems and GCN.

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