100 Megabits/s over Copper

Even as we patiently wait for fiber to the home, VDSL chip maker Ikanos Communications has released a new chip that will allow carriers to stream data at speeds of upto 100 megabits per second over boring-ole copper cables. The new chip – Fx 100100 – allows 100 megabits both in upstream and downstream directions over a single copper line. Ikanos believes that its new solution enables carriers to increase their revenue stream by offering the same high-speed symmetric bandwidth over existing telephone lines. This chip could also boost ethernet-over-copper as well. Now if we could get the company to work on its product naming strategy. The chip can push data at those speeds over a 150-to-200 meter span, depending on the condition of the copper loop. [Press Release]


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