In the never ending search for better data
transmission over the fiber optic
backbones that hold
our Internet together, Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications has teamed with Fujitsu
to see how much data they could squeeze through one of
those glass pipes. The results sure look good; by pumping light at various wavelengths they managed to squeeze 60 DVDs
worth of data a second over a 100 mile link. The new 2.56tbps records smashes the old 1.28tbps record, and reminds us
once again how much our cable connection really sucks.