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Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip

The optical chip, compared in size to a coin.

Researchers at three Australian universities successfully tested and recorded the fastest Internet data speed yet achieved by a single optical chip.

Credit: Monash University

Researchers at Monash and Swinburne universities and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia recorded the world's fastest Internet data speed from a single optical chip: 44.2 terabits per second.

At this speed, users can download 1,000 high-definition movies in less than a second.

The new system relies on a micro-comb, a single piece of hardware that replaces 80 lasers.

The team demonstrated the impact of optical micro-combs by installing 76.6 kilometers of "dark" optical fibers between RMIT's Melbourne City Campus and Monash University's Clayton Campus, then using a micro-comb to send maximum data down each channel, simulating peak Internet usage across 4THz of bandwidth.

From Monash University
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