Faster Ethernet on the Way?

As we move into the brave new world of HDTV video delivered over the Internet, we need to find ways to hand the enormous amounts of data required. And the prospect of using 4K resolution video — equivalent to more than four 1080p displays — means that we will need even bigger pipes to move this data around. According to a report in Telepresence Options, a group at University of California Santa Barbara is working on solving the problem for local networks.

The current limit for Ethernet is 1,000 Mbits per second over copper wires. Researchers at TOEC — the Tereabit Optical Ethernet Center — are looking to boost that bandwidth by 1,000 times. As the name indicates, the technology uses optical fiber to move up to 1 Terrabit of data per second over a single line.

This isn’t going to happen overnight. The group expects to have 1 Tb Ethernet by 2015, and hope to extend that further to 100 Tb Ethernet by 2020. If they can deliver on these goals, it will help reduce bottlenecks in Internet data access.

The good news is that you still have some time to wait before you have to think about rewiring your home.