A joint research project between universities in the United States via the University of Central Florida and the Netherlands via Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a multicore cable capable of transmitting data at 255 Terabytes per second.
The cable uses seven channels for transmitting information through the stuffed data conduit’s interior. Each channel cable or ‘core’ within the multicore cable was able to transmit 5.1 Tbps at the same time, allowing for a massive passage of information.
Multicore technology has been used in the past, but managing such a feat with multiple cores has difficult technical barricades in the way. High data rates are difficult to maintain, with issues such as overheating, cable sensitivity and signal generation that can damage current commercial equipment.
The team is directed by Chigo Okonkwo, an assistant professor of electro-optical communications in the Netherlands and Rodrigo Amezcua Correa, research assistant professor of micro-structured fibers in the United States.
To explain the process of sending such high amounts of information, the researchers compared it to sending three cars driving on top of each other in the same lane. Multiply those cars by three lanes and you have a lot of information being shipped one way at high speeds. Hopefully this technology makes its way to our cities so we can stream movies even faster on AT&T and FreedomPop LTE. At least that’s what I’ll be doing.
Although the process is a one-way data transmission, the potentially for international data transfer is great. Mutual speeds can be achieved by either sending another multicore cable in the opposite direction or halving the speed and sending traffic in two directions.