Items tagged with Fiber Optic

It was a pretty big deal when mainstream computer processors broke the gigahertz barrier, and now nearly a decade later, we routinely measure CPU speed in GHz, not megahertz alone. Now if only we could break the 5GHz barrier and beyond, right? Well forget that—after three years of research, eggheads (and we mean that endearingly) at Hebrew University of Jerusalem say they've created a technology that will pave the way for terahertz processors. You read that right, they're touting TERAHERTZ technology, which is 1,000GHz, or 1,000,000MHz. Try wrapping your head around that one, if you can, and imagine that computing possibilities that would entail. It sounds like a remarkable claim, given... Read more...
Try wrapping your head around this one—Google is diving under water in order to build a bigger cloud for land dwellers. It's not actually as confusing (or ironic) as it sounds. Google has already helped built three undersea fiber-optic cables, and now it plans to add three more, which will both speed up data transfers to certain reasons and offer alternative routes when data fails in other areas. It will cost Google hundreds of millions of dollars and take more than a year to lay the new cables. It's a big investment, though a drop in the bucket compared to the $30 billion Google has spent to date on improving its infrastructure over the past three years. That includes money spent on both... Read more...
Those communities hoping to "win" Google Fiber service, which Google announced earlier this year and which is being tested at Stanford University, will have to wait longer for a decision. Although when Google first announced the service, it said it would decide on which communities would receive the experimental service by the end of 2010, it has decided to mull over the selection(s) for a longer period. In a blog post, Google said it hopes to inform the winners in "early 2011." The company also announced a new VP to handle Google Fiber: Milo Medin, Vice President, Access Services. The ultra high-speed (1 gigabit per second) broadband service would be 100 times faster than what most people have... Read more...
There's an old expression that suggests one use the right tool for the right job.  If you want fish, hire fishermen.  If you hire those same fisherman to remove submerged wiring, what do you get?  Well the Ba Ria-Vung Tau province of Vietnam decided to find out by hiring some local fishermen to help haul some 30+ year old copper cable from the seabed.  What was the result?  Nearly 27 miles of fiber optic cable that wasn't meant to be removed is now gone, nearly 7 miles of which was actually owned by a company out of Singapore! "The incident started a year ago when Vietnamese province Ba Ria-Vung Tau authorized fisherman to rip up undersea copper lines that were laid before 1975. They had planned... Read more...