Auto-tuning data

BBC News reports that an EU-funded endeavor which includes researchers from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre has come up with a viable way to improve data integrity (and therefore throughput) over long-reach fiber-optic cables, by essentially “auto-tuning” the data.

Essentially, devices interpret a noisy signal a shorter distance down the pipe and “clean it up” before retransmitting it. This way, noise is continually removed from the data, and the receiver gets a much cleaner signal.

The technology is still in a “laboratory demonstration” stage, but it could greatly impact the efficiency of long-haul undersea cables.

[Fibre optic capacity auto-tuned by novel device]

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