Intel’s Silicon and Laser Hook-Up Means Speedier Data Transfer, Reliant on Fiber

Imagine a world where it takes just one second to download a terabyte of data. Well, that world just got a little bit closer, with Intel’s breakthrough, known as silicon photonics, in data transfer methods. It works using a combination of lasers (wooh! Lasers!! And all that!!!) and chips to convert data into light signals, send them up a fiber optic cable, then convert the light signals back into its original data form. So does this really mean high-definition movie downloads in less than a second from iTunes? That, my dears, is a question for the FCC and the network providers, I’m afraid.

Is this the kind of technology which will benefit you, the consumer, or is it something whose goodness will only be felt by they, the companies? Well, it’s a bit of both, actually. First of all, however, there is no doubting the accuracy of the device–Intel claims that over 27 hours, one petabyte of data was transferred with zero error.


BY Addy Dugdale

Imagine a world where it takes just one second to download a terabyte of data. Well, that world just got a little bit closer, with Intel‘s breakthrough, known as silicon photonics, in data transfer methods. It works using a combination of lasers (wooh! Lasers!! And all that!!!) and chips to convert data into light signals, send them up a fiber optic cable, then convert the light signals back into its original data form. So does this really mean high-definition movie downloads in less than a second from iTunes? That, my dears, is a question for the FCC and the network providers, I’m afraid.

Is this the kind of technology which will benefit you, the consumer, or is it something whose goodness will only be felt by they, the companies? Well, it’s a bit of both, actually. First of all, however, there is no doubting the accuracy of the device–Intel claims that over 27 hours, one petabyte of data was transferred with zero error. Leer más “Intel’s Silicon and Laser Hook-Up Means Speedier Data Transfer, Reliant on Fiber”

IT innovation: How to avoid being a one-hit wonder

Computerworld – There were no big brainstorming sessions, rah-rah team meetings or executive committees convened to devise a plan to drive FiOS TV customers away from using call centers in favor of self-service ordering, the more cost-effective option.

Instead, a junior programmer came up with the idea to build a click-to-order option that viewers could use instantly with their remotes. The programmer approached his manager and got the OK to build a prototype, which he delivered within months.


How top IT organizations come up with bright ideas, time after time

By Mary K. Pratt

Computerworld – There were no big brainstorming sessions, rah-rah team meetings or executive committees convened to devise a plan to drive FiOS TV customers away from using call centers in favor of self-service ordering, the more cost-effective option.

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Instead, a junior programmer came up with the idea to build a click-to-order option that viewers could use instantly with their remotes. The programmer approached his manager and got the OK to build a prototype, which he delivered within months.The click-to-order feature, which started rolling out in 2007, boosted self-service orders from 5% to 55% in just one month, cutting costs and inspiring click-to-order uses in other areas of the FiOS lineup too.

“He hit a gold mine,” says Shaygan Kheradpir, CIO at Verizon Communications Inc.

Kheradpir says the junior programmer’s ability to run with an innovative idea wasn’t a fluke; Verizon’s IT shop is designed to enable that kind of innovation to happen again and again.

“The underlying mission for Verizon IT is to look for opportunities where IT can make a quantum leap in performance for the business,” Kheradpir says. Leer más “IT innovation: How to avoid being a one-hit wonder”