Fiber optic technology has advanced drastically over the years, and looking back at where it all started compared to where we are now is truly inspiring! Take a look through history and see the advancements, starting in the early days of signal fires and morse code through present day with 400G and coherent optics before learning what the future has in store!
Hyperscale datacenters with AI applications are hungry for more interconnectivity and bandwidth. Co-packaging, which is bringing switching silicon and optics onto the same package will yield a 51Tbps fabric, seeing deployment as early as 2022. The demands of predictive AIs, like the kind Amazon uses to make product suggestions, is only increasing.
Hollow core fiber is also going to be big in the coming years. It turns out that light-speed really depends on what the light is traveling through and that light can move through hollow cores 50 percent faster than it does through glass core fiber. That speed increase leads to less latency and low dispersion definitely holds promise.
Speaking generally, you can bank on researchers reaching longer ranges and higher bandwidths, more consumer products with high bandwidth and connectivity needs, and industry and service providers striving to meet those customer needs.
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