Archives for July 2010

50Gbps Silicon Photonics: The Fast Future of Tech

According to this article, Intel demonstrated a true Silicon Photonic interface for components on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Intel demonstrated the world’s first practical data connection using silicon photonics – a 50 gigabit per second optical data connection built around an electrically pumped hybrid silicon laser. They achieved the 50 gigabit/s data rate by multiplexing 4 12.5 gigabit/s wavelengths into one fiber – wavelength division multiplexing. Intel dubbed its demo the “50G Silicon Photonics Link.”

Wow.  Think of what that really means.  The limits of Copper cabling be damned!  As it becomes easier and easier to integrate, we’ll see linkages for some of the simplest things.  Imagine a data switch that uses these!  Instead of the 1-10Gbps speed cap that we have now, we could transfer data at 5X that speed!  Of course, I don’t have the slightest idea what the data cap is on the internals of a switch, so the copper on the boards might limit the full throughput, but even the added speed from pc to switch and from switch to server would bring an incredible gain in speeds.  And it goes without saying that gamers will be all over this technology for their high-end gaming rigs.  And if it’s truly that much cheaper than the current toslink connections, it could become a standard in most IT backrooms to link things together with fiber.

The list could go on with the potential benefits and gains from this sort of technology.  Here’s hoping they find a way to bring it into production quickly and cheaply.

Gaining High Profit Margins on eBay

The following is a guest post by Philip

eBay transfers millions of dollars worth of products every month. It is the most popular e-commerce service. eBay has over 50 million registered users who sell everything from cars to key chains. It’s large user base and easy transaction system makes it a perfect place to gain high profit margins when selling. Try out for high profit margin items to sell on eBay.

The Value of Low Cost Products

Generating high profit margins by selling products on eBay is all about selling low-cost products at a high price. To do this, you must first identify the best products to sell. Inexpensive and small products are the best types of items to generate a high profit margin, particularly if the products have a significant market demand. You won’t be selling many products if nobody is interested in purchasing them. However, if there is a demand, you can sell products at a premium price that is 2 to 4 times more than what you originally paid for.

Importing from China

Once you have identified the products you want to sell and know that there is a market demand for them, it’s time to find wholesale distributors who can import the products from China for you. The products you wish to sell most likely are already produced by manufacturers in China. So, instead of purchasing the products from a US retailer, you can purchase the imported products from China through a wholesale distributor at a less than retail price.

Wholesale distributors allow you to buy in bulk, and low-cost products are extremely cheap when purchased in large volumes. You’ll be able to generate a higher profit margin by finding the best price on low-cost products when cross comparing wholesale distributors, and if this is your end goal then you the first step to gaining these outrageous margins would be to learn how to import from China.

Imported Low Cost Products on eBay

eBay allows you to create any kind of storefront you want. If you are interested in selling a specific set of products or just plan on following the latest trends, you can establish your own eBay storefront that is catered to your specifications. You will have a greater chance of generating high profit margins if you focus on selling a specific set of products in a market that has few rival sellers. Alternatively, you can sell various low cost products based on the hottest market trends to create a diverse eBay storefront.

Regardless of which path you wish to take, it’s important to stay on top of the market demand activity by selling all of your low cost products in the quickest manner possible. You may even want to take a cut in profits when selling the first set of low cost products to establish a good eBay seller’s reputation. Once you’ve established yourself as a worthwhile eBay seller and have detailed auction listings for all of your products, you can begin to import products from China in larger quantities to expand your business and gain higher profit margins.