A Chip That Can Transfer Data Using Laser Light

Researchers plan to announce on Monday that they have created a silicon-based chip that can produce laser beams. The advance will make it possible to use laser light rather than wires to send data between chips, removing the most significant bottleneck in computer design.

As a result, chip makers may be able to put the high-speed data communications industry on the same curve of increased processing speed and diminishing costs - the phenomenon known as Moore's law - that has driven the computer industry for the last four decades.

The development is a result of research at Intel, the world's largest chip maker, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Commercializing the new technology may not happen before the end of the decade, but the prospect of being able to place hundreds or thousands of data-carrying light beams on standard industry chips is certain to shake up both the communications and computer industries.

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PS360PCROCKS5850d ago

Very interesting, damn good post

clayton5850d ago

The cell doesn't seem so innovative after all. IBM will never ever be as big as intel. They will never ever beat intel at their own game, intel is where the money is at.

dantesparda5850d ago (Edited 5850d ago )

Intel is where the money is at? LMAO, if you believe that, then I got some Intel Calls I'd like to sell you or some stock. Please kid, now what you're talking about

DG5850d ago (Edited 5850d ago )

What about IBMs new transistor if you combine the two and a holographic drive thats one sexy computer. And no one said that IBM cant use the same tech.

Watapata5850d ago

IBM is significantly larger than Intel...

kmis875850d ago

This is looking good for the next generation of games. It says the technology is 4 or 5 years away from the first commercial chips. Faster, cheaper chips sounds like a great thing no matter what company makes it. Maybe the xbox???, the ps4, and whatever nintendo thinks of next will have this stuff in it.

Dusk5850d ago

Hey, I'm just waiting for the game systems that have a big cable with a needle that jacks right into the back of your head. "I know kung fu."

dantesparda5850d ago

Hey kid, learn a thing or two, if it'll be out by the end of the decade, then you can bet your lucky stars It'll take a couple more years after that before any home system has it. Dont you realize that it'll be out on the computers first then once it goes down enough then it'll start making its way over to the consoles. But then again i bet you think that the 360 CPU is more powerful than a modern high-end CPU? LMAO! try more comparable to a low-end to mid-range CPU. It's a "in-order execution" CPU, that makes it much weaker than most modern CPUs. I hope they know what they were doing, but I suspect that they did it for cost-cutting reasons

LiquifiedArt5850d ago

this for awhile now. Its the obvious next move onto light because electricity is too slow. This is nothing new, i'd like to see it in acutal action.

Watapata5850d ago

Actually, the area that needs to see gains first and foremost is the memory sector, the pace at which processor performance has been increasing drastically outstrips that of memory. This "breakthrough" is really secondary to the need for better performance gains in memory...

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