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.