Fiberoptics are already used in internet Ring networks all over the world.
They're also used in some Sony Audio & hifi.
It's no surprise they will start using this in computers too.
Just know that the fiber optic cables are very sensitive to nicks.
Bend the cable twice in an angle and you can throw it away, or suffer loss of bandwidth.
I wonder if this could be used for inter-device communication, maybe it would now be possible to put video cards in external enclosures with their own PSU and ventilation. Is PCIe 2.0 x16 8GB/s or 8 Gb/s?
Optic cables that have these speeds have been available for networks for a while. The difference with this technology seems like it must be more in the actual interface with the different hardware, not necessarily the cable itself? Sounds more like a replacement for USB and HDMI, etc.
I think the real awesome thing is that they hinted to it being really cheap... like a USB cable.
We already have those speeds... and even more... on both copper and optical. If it's cheaper than 1/10th the cost of InfiniBand, CEE and other things already that fast, then I think it'll still be too expensive for consumers. It better be the cost of a USB cable.
While the interface may be capable of 10Gbs, I doubt any device connected to them will transfer at that rate anytime soon. Although, it's nice to know that, potentially, one could get by with daisy-chaining all their devices with just one cable and still have bandwidth left over to spare.