Optical Thunderbolt cables on the way, prices expected to drop

Rick

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As rumored nearly a year ago, it appears optical Thunderbolt cables will be making their debut in 2013. The move to fiber-optic will bring a number of changes, but most importantly should allow for greater speeds (possibly up to 100Gbps)...

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R

RH00D

Are these using real fiber optic glass? Because the real stuff becomes stiff when it sits unmoved for an extended period of time, then if you ever move the cable it will break. One way some ISPs who offer Internet/TV through fiber optic cables get around this is by using plastic instead of glass in the cables once the cable enters a home (outside the home is still real glass since it never needs to be moved, thus broken).
 

spydercanopus

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Are these using real fiber optic glass? Because the real stuff becomes stiff when it sits unmoved for an extended period of time, then if you ever move the cable it will break. One way some ISPs who offer Internet/TV through fiber optic cables get around this is by using plastic instead of glass in the cables once the cable enters a home (outside the home is still real glass since it never needs to be moved, thus broken).
I don't think the medium in which the optics are transmitted matters much.
 

Jad Chaar

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I wonder if there will be a new network cable anytime soon, the ethernet plug seems dated lol