IBM Nanophotonics Technology May Lead To Supercomputers-On-A-Chip

8 December 2007 By Shashank


IBM has developed a new breakthrough technology called silicon nanophotonics which replaces the tiny wires between the processor cores with pulses of light for super quick and energy efficient data transfers.Traditionally the tiny wires used to communicate between the cores takes much more time and power as compared to te newly developed Nanophotonics which uses optical communication on chips.

The latest invention from IBM could bring the supercomputing power to desktops and laptops. “We’ll be able to have hundreds or thousands of cores on a chip,Users will be able to render virtual worlds in real-time and have a better gaming experience” Said Will Green research scientist at IBM.

Development background ?

Remember the modulator a device that converts one form of energy into another.The new development has been made possible because IBM scientists were able to shrink the size of modulator(electric signals into beam of light in this case) to a size where it can fit into a multi-core CPU thus making the communications between the cores upto hundred times faster than tiny wires.

Silicon Nanophotonics is long term research project of IBM and it would take 10-12 years to generalize the chips for home usage long wait ahead.

More at PCworld

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