IBM has announced a new chip that’d take a HD full length movie download from 30 minutes to 1 second. This gee-whiz news should make the folks at Verizon happy, what with their FiOS service. It’s also very similar to other efforts (Intel has something like this brewing).

What this really comes down to is a game of technological leapfrog, intended to satisfy the upcoming demand for high-quality online video, both over the network and inside the home. Another core goal involves speeding communications within a data center or even within a PC or server box is pretty cool. By 2015 or so we may have seen the last bit of copper in a PC or interconnecting wire.