Big Blue's new prototype chip surpasses major milestone, thanks to unlikely innovation: tiny holes in a quarter-inch chip, boosting data transfer.
Big Blue's new chip architecture is capable of transferring 500 HD movies a second, or the entire Web archive of the U.S. Library of Congress in an hour. And it can be produced today.
Your PC may not need a faster network, but overall data usage on the Web is doubling every year. The big question: Can the venerable Ethernet standard handle a terabit per second?
Seagate says that it has reached the milestone of storage density that offers 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, using Heat-Assisted Magnetic recording technology that promises a 60TB hard drive within the next decade.
The 5-year-old company introduces its first products: a pair of terabit routers for major telephone and Web service providers, government agencies and very tech-savvy businesses.
Nortel Networks announced the completion of an initial trial with MCI WorldCom of new technology that can handle voice and data traffic at one terabit-per-second. The technology, to be available later this year, was originally announced by Nortel last May. Separately, Nortel said it would invest $25 million in Research in Motion, a company focused on interactive paging technology.
Start-up Hyperchip named the former president and chief executive of Ericsson Canada as its first CEO. Brian Barry, a 20-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, will lead the Montreal, Canada-based company as it commercializes the product and expands into new markets, the company said in a statement. Hyperchip is in the process of developing a new network routing system that can carry traffic at "petabit" speeds, far greater than current systems that can process data at "gigabit" and "terabit" speeds. A gigabit represents speeds of 1,000 Megabits per second.
IronBridge, a company that makes high-speed network equipment for telecommunications, has selected contract manufacturer Celestica to build its new terabit router. The high-end router is used for shuttling information quickly from one computer to another. Celestica will build, test, and support the routers, an example of the increasing responsibility that companies are awarding contract manufacturers.
Terabit start-up Nexabit Networks will use application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chip technology from IBM for its forthcoming line of high-end networking equipment. IBM's chips will be a part of Nexabit's NX64000 switch router intended for the core of the Net. IBM already has a deal to build ASICs with another high-end start-up, Juniper Networks.
The latest crop of upstarts are responding to growth demands of the congested Net--a massive multibillion-dollar opportunity.