IBM scientists are presenting a prototype optical receiver chipset today at the 2007 Optical Fiber Conference. From SeekingAlpha:
It is said to be at least 8x faster at 160 gigabits of data/second, than currently available optical components. That’s fast enough to download a high definition feature-length film in one second, versus at least 30 minutes using the fastest available technology today. A report by The Wall Street Journal cites a research director who says the research was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and expects IBM will have commercial products available within 18 – 30 months.
(With apologies to Nigel’s amp).