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The Speed of Light: Pioneering the Future of Data Transmission

By Dick Weisinger

In an era where information is as vital as water, the thirst for high-speed data transmission is unquenchable. The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has made a significant stride in this direction with its advanced light source devices.

These devices can transmit an impressive 224 Gbps optical signals per channel, doubling the capacity of traditional optical transceivers. This means transmitting full HD movies of 5 GB size at a rate of 5.6 per second, all thanks to the integration of a photonic mode converter and a monitoring photodetector.

This technology can potentially revolutionize mega data centers and 5G/6G mobile communication base stations, enabling them to manage the burgeoning data demands of emerging technologies. The compact size of the device, less than a millimeter, makes it an ideal fit for large data centers.

The horizon of possibilities doesn’t end here. Researchers are already pushing boundaries, achieving data transmission speeds of 1.02 petabits per second. That’s a million gigabits every second!

As we navigate the currents of the information age, these advances in high-speed data transmission technology are addressing the challenge of data management and charting the course for a future where information flows at the speed of light. While it’s difficult to pinpoint when this technology will be fully realized, one thing is clear – the future of data is here and moving faster than ever.

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