Monday in CE: Microsoft and Facebook Plug in Highly-Powerful Transatlantic Cable
On Monday, Facebook and Microsoft announced the completion of a subsea cable that crosses the Atlantic Ocean. That feat alone, while impressive, isn’t unheard of or truly breaking-news-worthy. What is worth noting about this announcement, though, is just how powerful this cable is. According to a Microsoft blog post, the cable, which rests some 17,000 feet below sea level, is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per second.
Per Microsoft’s calculations, that’s roughly 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection. The Marea cable, as it’s known, is capable of streaming roughly 71 million high-definition videos simultaneously making it easily one of the most advanced cables to run across the Atlantic.
The joint project between Microsoft, Facebook, and global telecom infrastructure company Telxius will help to “upgrade the global internet infrastructure,” according to Microsoft. The cable runs between Virginia and Spain, connecting Virginia Beach to Bilbao. It measures more than 4,000 miles long and weighs nearly 10.25 million pounds.
“The Marea cable’s new ‘open’ design allows it to evolve with technology, ensuring the highest performance for users now and well into the future, even as the global population of internet users grows,” Suresh Kumar, Corporate VP for Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure & Operations, wrote in the blog.
Completion of the project took roughly two years, which the companies said is nearly three-times faster than is typical for a project of this scale.
8th Gen Intel Chips Launch
— PCWorld (@pcworld) September 25, 2017
Intel is eyeing the true gamer with the latest iteration of its Core series desktop chips, which launched over the weekend. Orders for the new 8th Gen chips will begin on October 5 with shipping to start later in Q4.
Perhaps more important than the launch itself, as PC World points out, is the fact that Intel opted to offer additional cores for the latest generation of its desktop chips. This is clearly in response to AMD’s Ryzen chip news from earlier this year. AMD, at the time, severely undercut Intel in retail price, giving the company a competitive edge against the biggest name in the chip market. Intel is now firing back by bumping up the variety in the chip lineup (offering a higher core count) and pricing their chips more competitively as well.
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