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IBM aims for big data speed record

Mar. 5, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By MICHAEL HARDY   |   Comments
Prototype 200 - 400 Gigabits per second analog-to-digital converter.
Prototype 200 - 400 Gigabits per second analog-to-digital converter. (Thomas Schlund / IBM Research)

IBM is trying to set a big data speed record with a technological advance that increases Internet transfer rates by as much as 400 gigabits per second.

The boost comes via a device that can transfer big data between a data center and the cloud four times faster than current technology, IBM claims. The company presented the device -- an analog-to-digital converter -- at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco in early February.

The device, yet unnamed, is a lab prototype, but a previous version has been licensed to Semtech Corp., a supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. That company is working on advanced communications platforms expected later this year.

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