"Optical" network switches could increase Internet speed 100 times

By Phantasm66
Aug 17, 2004
  1. The biggest latency in the internet's infrastructure is electronic routers and switches. Slowed down by the constant conversion and reconversion of information from its optical (light) form to electronic data used by switches and routers, network communication runs far slower than it could, even with existing fibre optic cabling. But with improved equipment that tackles this latency, we could have an internet that's about 100 times faster.

    New "optical" switches and routers are on the drawing board that will provide a solution to the latency problems, using buckyballs glued together by a custom polymer.
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Create an account or login to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...

Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.