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As we move into the brave new world of HDTV video delivered over the Internet, we need to find ways to hand the enormous amounts of data required. And the prospect of using 2K resolution video — equivalent to four 1080p displays — means that we will need even bigger pipes to move this data around. According to a report in Telepresence Options, a group at University of California Santa Barbara is working on solving the problem for local networks.

The current limit for Ethernet is 100 Mbits per second over copper wires. Researchers at TOEC — the Tereabit Optical Ethernet Center — are looking to boost that bandwidth by 1,000 times. As the name indicates, the technology uses optical fiber to move up to 1 Terrabit of data per second over a single line.

This isn’t going to happen overnight. The group expects to have 1 Tb Ethernet by 2015, and hope to extend that further to 100 Tb Ethernet by 2020. If they can deliver on these goals, it will help reduce bottlenecks in Internet data access.

The good news is that you still have some time to wait before you have to think about rewiring your home.

Posted by Alfred Poor, November 1, 2010 6:00 AM

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About Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.