Australian researchers have reportedly put its Micro-comb technology to a field test, and the result is record-breaking. Fiber optic cables were able to produce a whopping 44.2 Tbps internet speed.
Researchers from Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities have found a way to enable fiber optic cables to run in its full-powered potential with the use of Micro-comb technology. What makes this discovery great is that it makes use of the already available internet cables.
With this, they were able to set a whole new internet speed record of 44.2 Tbps, which can theoretically download more than 50 100GB worth of Ultra HD Blu-ray disc contents in a single second, as The Verge has put it.
What is Micro-comb?
According to the research, which can be openly accessed on Nature Communications, Micro-combs are “optical frequency combs generated by integrated micro-cavity resonators,” which can enhance or enable its “bulk counterparts” to function to its highest potential, therefore making the 44.2 Tbps-squeeze possible.
The scientific explanation to Mico-combs function reads:
Here, by using a powerful class of micro-comb called soliton crystals, we achieve ultra-high data transmission over 75 km of standard optical fibre using a single integrated chip source. We demonstrate a line rate of 44.2 Terabits s−1 using the telecommunications C-band at 1550 nm with a spectral efficiency of 10.4 bits s−1 Hz−1.
Accordingly, the micro-comb was placed within the fibers of the optic cables—the first time it was used for a field trial. Due to its promising results, this could mean a great deal to the continuous modernization of the technology, more specifically to the global internet connection.
Commercial use is far from happening as of now
The Verge quotes Bill Corcoran, a Monash University lecturer and a co-lead author to the Micro-comb study:
What our research demonstrates is the ability for fibers that we already have in the ground, thanks to the NBN project, to be the backbone of communications networks now and in the future. We’ve developed something that is scalable to meet future needs
The next step the researchers are looking into is finding a way to incorporate their study into the already existing infra technology, making it as inexpensive as possible.
However, for now, it seems like there is no urgent use of such high speed in normal circumstances, which is why there isn’t any rush to fuse this new discovery for commercial use. Although researchers did say that should there be a need to use the Micro-comb, it would be to “connect data centers.”
This new technology is great news for the telecommunication sectors. This will surely be of great use to the eSports community, among all others, now that online competitions have emerged.