IBM: New Chipset Delivers Downloads at 160GB Per SECOND!

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IBM is in the final stages of producing a chipset that will be able to download a high-definition movie in one single second, making it the fastest computer chipset ever.

Industry experts are baffled by the new technology, especially since the average full-length movie takes about 30 minutes to download, let alone having high-definition capabilities.

IBM correspondents announced that the optical chipset will be able to transfer information over eight times faster than those currently available on the market. (Source:

Such high speed and time saving features will ultimately have a significant impact on the way users share and access information, ranging from recreational music videos to corporate financial data.

The new chipset will be able to transmit media at 160 Gigabits (or 160 billion bits) per second. (Source:

The chipset is expected to be formally unveiled at the upcoming Optical Fiber Conference in Anaheim.

Optical networking speeds up communication by sending data in the form of light pulses, instead of the traditional method of sending electrons through a number of wires.

Those employed at IBM research are already rejoicing over the expected leverage that the new chipset will give their company.

One researcher, T.C. Chen, estimated that "the explosion in the amount of data being transferred, when downloading music or photos, is creating demand for greater bandwidth and higher speeds in connectivity." (Source:

Many people close to the chipset industry agree that IBM is wise in exploring the benefits of optical communications. As Chen stated, the desire to consume more online music and videos is a continuing phenomenon, and optical communications technology may be the perfect way for IBM to satiate the growing demand for media.

While IBM did not officially release a target date for when the chipset will be available inside a real-world product, many believe that production will begin sometime in 2010. (Source:

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