IBM has announced the next generation of its fiberboard, which is designed to work for long distance transmission of data at much higher speeds than its predecessor.
The company unveiled the new fiber-receiving board at the recent I/O trade show in San Francisco.
The new fiber board uses a three-layer copper substrate that is designed and manufactured in China.
The 3D-printed substrate uses a layer of carbon nanotubes to form the fiberboard.
The fiberboard uses a 3D printing process that uses a heat-sensitive layer of graphene to form a surface layer of copper that is coated with a carbon nanofiber.
The copper is coated in a thin layer of polyethylene, or PET.
The aluminum oxide is embedded in the copper oxide layer.
IBM has made the fiber board available in several sizes, from the ultra-thin “Ultra-thin Fiberboard” (UFF) that measures just 3mm across to the much larger “Ultra Thin Fiberboard+” (UVFF).
The new UFF is the first fiberboard to be manufactured in the US.
It has been in production since 2012 and has an expected shelf life of 10 years.
IBM says it plans to make more of these boards, and says it will continue to expand the UFF line.
The Ultra Thin Fiber Board+ is the only fiberboard designed for longer-haul transmission of high-speed data.
IBM said that the new UVFF is designed specifically for high-performance applications, such as the ultra high-throughput networking of large-scale data centers.
It is also designed to handle large data volumes, such a the massive amounts of data sent across the internet.
IBM is working on other high-capacity fiberboard designs, such the Ultra Thin (Ultra) Fiberboard (UV) and the Ultra High-Bandwidth (UHF) Fiber Board (UIB).
The Ultra-thin fiberboard+ uses a single layer of the same 3D printed material as the Ultra-thick fiberboard but uses a copper substrate instead of a polyethylen foil.
It also uses a higher-density polyethylenes fiber-core, and has a thinner, more efficient layer of aluminum oxide.
The UVFF and UIB are not expected to be available for some time.
IBM does not have any plans to sell the Ultra thin fiberboard or UIB.
The Fiber Board for Mobile Applications has a longer lifespan than the fiberboards, and is designed as an end-to-end solution.
The UIB has a similar end-user application, but is more likely to be used for small-to medium-size applications.
IBM expects the new 3D fiberboard for mobile applications to be a boon for its data centers and its customers.