audio »

March 30, 2014 – 5:29 am | Comments Off

MP3 Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample meets the celebrated cosmologist Max Tegmark to discuss his latest book, Our Mathematical Universe. In an extended interview, Max talks about our scientific understanding of the structure of the …

Read the full story »
news
blogs
books
audio
video
Home » news, trend-technology

What Does 2,000-Times-Faster Broadband Look Like? (Fast Company)

Submitted by on November 19, 2012 – 12:10 pm

Technology Trend – The Bangor team’s effort, which involves some clever signal processing and a similar kind of laser-and-fiber optic setup to today’s home fiber systems, can pump up to 20 gigabits of data per second down the fiber. That’s roughly a million times faster than dial up speeds. As the BBC points out this is speedy enough to download a full HD movie file (not just a compressed low-res 700MB version) in just 10 seconds. This is one of the first reasons you’ll be wanting ultra-fast broadband in your home, but it’s only partly about current generation TV. An iPad screen already far outperforms HDTV in terms of sharpness and resolution. And this precedes the next wave in home entertainment–4k television. A 4k TV screen is 4000 pixels or so wide, versus the 1280 of an HDTV, and that means it can show cinema-quality video. But thanks to this size, each frame of the video needs so much more data that it’ll push even fiber Internet tech. That’s where next-gen broadband will come in. … Read more

Get Adobe Flash player