Data Centre Market to Boost with New Data Transfer System That Utilises Polymer Cable

Posted On April 09, 2021     

All across the world, there is a growing need for quick data exchange. The need is more significant now that people have started embracing the option of work from home, with the key player being an electronic mode of communication. In the recent decade, a vast amount of information is being shared between computer chips, with most of it happening over conventional copper wire. The setback of which is that they are power-hungry, mainly when they deal with heavy data loads. Thus, there is a foundational trade-off between the amount of energy burned and the amount of information communicated. Although there is great demand for fast data transmission by conduits that are longer than a meter, the only way to achieve this are all typical methods which are either too bulky or costly or both.

Researchers have brought forward a data transfer system that might come to be a solution for the significant problem of slow data transmission. Their newly developed system has the ability to transmit the information, which is ten times faster in comparison to a USB (Universal Serial Bus). The new link couples high-frequency silicon chips and a polymer cable which is as thin as a strand of hair. This is a groundbreaking advancement in the Data Centre Market as this new system might turn out to be the cause for boosting energy efficiency in data centers and lessen the load of electronics-rich spacecraft.

It is argued that another alternative for problematic copper wire could be fiber-optic cable; however, it has several inherent problems themselves. They use photons for electrical signaling, which allows them to quickly transmit data with limited energy dissipation. However, the problem with using them is that silicon computer chips as used by researchers in the new system do not go well with photons. The use of these types of cables would make interconnections between the computer and the cable extremely challenging. In the current market, there is no recourse available that would help in efficiently generating, amplifying, or detecting photons in silicon. Even if there are some, they are either expensive or have complex integration schemes, and so from an economic viewpoint, and they are not feasible.

The new link developed by the team is extremely special as it draws on the benefits of both copper and fiber-optic cable while not having any of their drawbacks. Its conduits are made up of plastic polymer, which makes it lighter and potentially cheaper for production in comparison with conventional copper cables. The system also becomes highly efficient when the polymer link is operated with sub-terahertz electromagnetic signals, making it better than copper.

The team has revealed that it hopes to make the polymer conduits even faster by trying to bundle them together in the coming future. This might help in making the data transfer rate off the charts.

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