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UC San Diego researchers bringing a much faster internet into existence
If the University of California at San Diego has anything to say about it, the internet will soon get faster. A lot faster. According to Information Week, a group of researchers at UC San Diego has figured out a way to boost the power of signals.
Engineers have increased fiber optic capacity nearly 20 times
With the amount of internet-connected devices increasing every day, the need for better, faster Internet is considerable. University researchers have come up with a very clever solution to this problem. Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have just broken the capacity limits of fiber optic cables nearly 20 times, successfully sending a signal through 7,456.45 miles of cable without needing electronic regenerators.
6.30.15 Tech Times
Engineers Boost Optical Signals 20 Fold Through 7,400 Miles Of Fiber Optics: Hello, Faster Internet
As the volume of data that is transmitted over the Internet continues to increase exponentially, there have been concerns that the fiber optic cables that serve as the foundation of the Internet could someday reach their limits. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, in a report that was recently published in the Science journal, reported that they were able to increase the maximum power through which fiber optic signals are transmitted and decoded.
Researchers have broken the capacity limits of fiber optic networks
You can allay those fears that the fiber optic network that delivers your internet is going to overload. At UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute, engineers not only broke the supposed limits of fiber optic data transmission -- they utterly smashed it, increasing the power of optical signals almost twenty times the base level. Engineers have usually cranked up the power of the signal to send and receive data faster. However, at one point, that power increase starts to create interference
Engineers Just Broke the Capacity Limit For Fiber Optic Transmission
So, that Internet apocalypse that's going to befall us when our fiber optic cables max out? Maybe not so much. On Thursday, engineers reported in Science that they'd broken the "capacity limit" for fiber optic transmission, opening the door to future networks that carry more data further at lower costs. As the world's collective Internet demand continues to skyrocket, electrical engineers have been keeping pace by upping the signal that passes through our fiber optic cables
Engineers break 'capacity limit' for fiber optic data transmission
Electrical engineers at the UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute have managed to break the "capacity limit" for fiber optic transmission, paving the way for faster, longer and potentially cheaper fiber networks. Currently, there is a limit on the intensity of light you can send through a fiber optic link, which arises from the fact that when you increase the intensity of light through a fiber cable, noise, distortion and signal attenuation increases. This is called the optical Kerr effect
6.30.15 USA Business Review
Google and Sumitomo Electric Industries back science to double the capabilities of fiber optics
The New York Times (NYT) has reported that researchers at UC San Diego have made a scientific advance that could double the amount of data sent by fiber optic cable, as well as sending it faster and at a lower cost. One way to understand the challenge of sending data through fiber-optics is to imagine a person standing in front of a wall while pointing a lit flashlight at it. The circle of light on the wall would be bright, well-defined, and you'd be able to see details on the wall.
6.30.15 Information Week
UC San Diego Researchers Amp Up Internet Speeds
Photonics researchers at UC San Diego have increased the maximum power, and therefore the distance, at which optical signals can be sent through optical fibers, indicating a new path towards ultra high-speed Internet connectivity. The team of electrical engineers broke through key barriers that limit the distance information can travel in fiber optic cables and still be accurately deciphered by a receiver -- information traveled nearly 7,5000 miles through fiber optic cables
"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internet
Fiiber optic cables make up the backbone of modern communications, carrying data and phone calls across countries and under oceans. But an ever-expanding demand for data--from streaming movies to Internet searches--is putting pressure on that network, because there are limits to how much data can be pushed through the cables before the signal degrades, and new cables are expensive to build.
6.26.15 Popular Science
FIBER OPTIC FIX WILL MAKE CONNECTING THE WORLD EASIER AND CHEAPER
Wires are so old school. Nowadays, most of our information (whether on the Internet, TV, or phone) is communicated over fiber optic cables, long strands of material that can transmit information as light over distances. And with a new discovery, fiber optic cables could become cheaper, more efficient, and could literally cover more ground.
6.26.15 IEEE Spectrum
New Mode of Transmission May Double Fiber Optic Capacity
A new approach to transmitting data signals could more than double the amount of data that optical fibers can carry, claim scientists at the University of California, San Diego. The researchers suggest their work, which was published in in the June 26 issue of the journal Science, could "completely redefine the economy on which the present data traffic rests." Data signals traveling as laser pulses through an optical fiber are vulnerable to optical distortions resulting from interference
6.26.15 NY Times
An Advance May Double the Capabilities of Fiber Optics
Researchers have announced an advance that could double the capacity of fiber-optic circuits, potentially opening the way for networks to carry more data over long distances while significantly reducing their cost. Writing in the journal Science on Thursday, electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego proposed a way to extend the range that beams of laser light in fiber-optic glass wires can travel and, in theory, achieve that dramatic improvement.
Faster Fiber Optic Transmissions on the Way Thanks to Combing
A recent study has discovered a potential way to not only increase the speed of fiber optic transmissions, but double the capacity of fiber optic circuits. The process is referred to as combing, and it could be a big deal. With our society's always increasing need for data to keep up with how we use said data, the pressure was on, as evidenced by Google being a partial supporter of the study, published in Science.
6.24.15 IEEE Spectrum
Project Will Make Clothes Cool So You Don't Need the AC
Researchers from UC San Diego are developing a smart fabric capable of helping the wearer maintain a comfortable body temperature. The aim: reducing the need for building-level air conditioning. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, five percent of all the electricity produced in the United States is used by air conditioners. This isn't just reflected in billions of dollars, but also in hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide released into the air each year.
6.8.15 Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
The State of Wearable Sensor Technology
UC San Diego's recent Center for Wearable Sensors Summit showcased the latest in wearable sensors and tackled the question of what it will take to create truly effective wearable devices. The Center for Wearable Sensors Summit, held recently at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), provided a look at evolving wearable sensor technology as well as the infrastructure necessary to support truly effective wearable devices.
6.8.15 BBC News
Harnessing the sun with the blackest paint in the world
In a cramped laboratory on the campus of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), graduate student Lizzie Caldwell is hard at work, painting tiny squares of metal with a fine mist of black paint. As experiments go, it doesn't look terribly impressive. Yet the paint she is using is highly sophisticated - the result of intensive research. It is also probably one of the blackest materials ever created.
Smart computers for the battlefield
Computers are more efficient than humans, especially when it comes to calculations, and humans can reason and adapt at lightning speed, a task still beyond most algorithms. But researchers are developing tools to improve man-machine interfaces -- to the benefit of both. Currently in the development pipeline is a way for soldiers to communicate with computers using brainwaves.
Engineers Receive $2.6M to Develop 'Smart' Clothes
A shirt that can heat or cool on demand and maintain the body at a desirable temperature sounds like something that belongs in The Jetsons. It may belong in the real world as well: engineers are developing a unique fabric capable of regulating a person's body temperature. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency -- ENERGY (ARPA-E).
6.5.15 Fox 5 San Diego
Greg McKee: The Rise of Robotics
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6.3.15 My Fox NY
Stain-proof clothes and other advanced fabrics
Inventors are hard at work right now making your clothes smarter and better. Imagine spilling red wine on your sleeve only to have the stain shrink and disappear. Kelby and Company says it has created a new stain-proof fabric. The company is putting it in shirts and jackets priced at about $80. Technology Expert Seth Porges says the fabric is infused with Nano-technology that creates and invisible shield that causes liquid to bead up and roll off.