(The Hosting News) – Intel has announced that they have made a new optic cable that significantly increases speed to data centers and supercomputers, ArsTechnica reports.
Intel’s new cables are based on its Silicon Photonics technology that uses 64 fibers, 32 for receiving and 32 for transmitting, which makes a jump of 800Gbps in each direction. These fibers are brought together by a new connector, MXC.
“One MXC™ cable can transmit data at 1.6Tera-bits per second (64 fibers at 25Gbs). That’s 1,600,000,000,000 bits per second. If you could transmit data at that speed, you could download a two-hour HD movie from iTunes (4GB) in less than two seconds. With 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (1 followed by 18 zeroes) created every day, I doubt anyone questions that we are going to need the higher bandwidth that MXC™ cables provides in our 21st century data centers,” explains a post on Intel’s blog.
Intel, Corning, and US Conec have partnered together to develop these fibers in which they announced on Monday that they intend to sell the MXC cables.
“MXC cable assemblies have been sampled by Corning to customers and will be in production in Q3 2014,” said Intel. “US Conec announced that it will sell MXC connector parts to Corning and other connector companies.”
The advantage of MXC connectors is that they have fewer and smaller parts that can support 64 fibers and are 10 times more resistant to dust than current cables.