New York Times: Replacing Wire With Laser, Sun Tries to Speed Up Data

NY Times writes: "Sun Microsystems is trying to do for computing what all the king's horses and men failed to do for Humpty Dumpty. For decades, the semiconductor industry has broken silicon wafers into smaller chips to improve manufacturing yields.

Now Sun has found a way to reconnect the chips so they can communicate with each other at such high speeds that computer designers can build a new generation of computers that are faster, more energy-efficient and more compact.

The computer maker, which is based in Santa Clara, Calif., plans to announce on Monday that it has received a $44 million contract from the Pentagon to explore the high-risk idea of replacing the wires between computer chips with laser beams."

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Finalfantasykid3863d ago

This is a really good idea. I don't know why they didn't think of it sooner.

Cyrus3653863d ago

Probably due to costs, and technology advances has allowed this as possibility?

Kakkoii3863d ago

Yah, It's a very hard thing to do. Due to the size the lasers need to be. And the type of lasers they need to be.

Also, I think this would call for a.. SHOOP DA WOOP! lol.

Maddens Raiders3863d ago

a world of technology advancing faster than people are aging. With the help of research on UFO technology, anything is possible.

Monteblanco3863d ago

This is great science, I can only hope it will became great technology.

The_Engineer3863d ago

for a few years, they have been waiting for the end points to go to light pulses so it can eliminate the bottlenecks.