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[technewsworld] Holy Semiconductors! IBM Reveals 1Tbps Holey Optical Chip

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) on Thursday introduced a prototype chip dubbed the "Holey Optochip," a wedding of traditional computer chip technology with the use of optical pathways. Able to transmit 1 terabit of data per second (Tbps), the prototype chipset could eventually result in faster downloads of information like apps and streaming video.

This will make things interesting.
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That's 128GB/s. Enough, at the current rate, to saturate a hypothetical PCI-E v6.0 x16 slot.

Of course, that assumes that each iteration of PCI-E is simply a doubling of speed of the prior generation.
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This will indeed make things interesting. We'll be seeing higher speeds in the future. Can't wait!
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That's 128GB/s. Enough, at the current rate, to saturate a hypothetical PCI-E v6.0 x16 slot.
Of course, that assumes that each iteration of PCI-E is simply a doubling of speed of the prior generation.

It's not meant for "us", probably just supercomputers and servers for a long time.
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It's not meant for "us", probably just supercomputers and servers for a long time.

Ah, but it will work its way down. Everything starts in supercomputer territory.
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wow.
What can IBM not do?
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IBM is one of the very few companies deserving respect.

Also, I think this already got posted here, not sure though.
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That would be insane if they made this technology into desktops, using optical pathways for pcie lanes and every possible lane on the computer, like the lanes to the memory and video and even this type of pathways in cpu's in a microscale.

The post is about the patent and use, the other is about a theoretical thing.
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Hmmmm....! thumb.gif

And the big question is, how many extremities will be required to own one?

Wow, they will be able to hit their data cap in all of 10.2 seconds? LULz! tongue.gif
Edited by _GTech - 3/27/12 at 5:18pm
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Optical needs fiber optic cables to transmit right?
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