FIBER OPTICS: NEW "WIRE" FOR COMMUNICATIONS

Fiber optic cable, which uses human-hair thin glass strands carrying laser-generated light, has begun to replace traditional twisted pair and coaxial cable as a means of moving large amounts of data around. It has a nuch larger bandwidth and can transmit data at speed of up to 10 to the 14th power bits persecond. While the largest market for fiber optics has been the telephone industry, it is being employed increasingly for data communication, i.e. linking computers with peripheral devices such as word processors located some distance away. While it is currently more expensive than triaxial cable, fiber optic cable is attractive for such uses, because of its ease of installation and its security advantage (i.e. its resistance to tapping). The technology may even develop to the point of permitting users to carry terminals around around a building an plug them into wall sockets.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Information World, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 3618
    Washington, DC  United States  20007
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 13
  • Serial:
    • Information World
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Information World, Incorporated

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  • Accession Number: 00194148
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM