Researchers have created a plastic polymer cable that can transfer information 10 times faster than USB.
Nowadays, most of the data is still transmitted via high-power copper cables. The alternative is fiber, which works more efficiently but does not work well with the silicon chips in modern computing devices. Potentially, this problem can be solved, but it will require huge costs..
Now scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have demonstrated the capabilities of plastic polymer cable, combining the best of copper and fiber optic solutions. It is significantly thinner and lighter than metal wires, but provides high data transfer rates.
For testing, the team directly connected several silicon chipsets with a hair-thin (0.4 mm) polymer tape 30 cm long. Through this three-channel cable, information was transmitted in the form of high-frequency electromagnetic signals in the sub-terahertz range. In tests, the researchers achieved a data transfer rate of 105 GB / s with much better efficiency than copper lines..
In the future, the team plans to overcome the 1 TB / s barrier using a cable more than a meter long. According to the developers, this method of data transmission does not have a theoretical speed limit, so it can become a new standard for future information channels. However, this will require changing the microcircuits and connectors..
Recall that in Researchers unveiled an optical chip last year that boosts Internet speeds to 44.2 Tbps.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: MIT, bwbx
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