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post #11 of 21
Since there is no signal degradation in a given optical circuit, we could expect highly efficient processing units, provided that someone was to actually implement?
    
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I think the real question is "how do you overclock a fiber optics CPU!?" You can't go faster than the speed of light!
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post #13 of 21
on-die silicon-based fiber optics

Is that what's being referred to

Feb. 04
http://www.pcworld.com/article/11477...icon_chip.html

Dec. 08
4 1/2 years later and...
http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/i...ptics-2008129/

Couldn't find anything else on that.
Edited by The Duke - 9/24/09 at 12:07pm
    
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Anyone know if the new carbon nano-tube technology has an application in computing?
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Originally Posted by the_milk_man View Post
I think the real question is "how do you overclock a fiber optics CPU!?" You can't go faster than the speed of light!
Yes, but clocks aren't based on the speed of light. Light is just the medium.


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Anyone know if the new carbon nano-tube technology has an application in computing?
Carbon nano-tube are more for electricity based computing and yes there is research into their use.
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Whoa...this is fast->
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Run 64 channels running side by side, such a communications framework would be able to service 40 cores at 17GB/s, nearly the theoretical maximum of HyperTransport 2.0 right now, and this would be for every core.
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Yes, but clocks aren't based on the speed of light. Light is just the medium.



Carbon nano-tube are more for electricity based computing and yes there is research into their use.
Aaaand of course you knew the answer to this.
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...............Why not? We have electricity based CPUs that small.

The benefit isn't just the propagation speed but it is a benefit. Electrical signalling is 66-95% speed of light.
I gave it a couple centuries because I couldnt see how we would get around the issue of directing that light within a small space similar to a printed circut. So I may be way off on intels working design that is modular and probably quite large. Given what they will actually release. I just dont see how you can bend light signals in a cramped space. The proc will most likely be larger than ones of today. give it 100 years then..
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I gave it a couple centuries because I couldnt see how we would get around the issue of directing that light within a small space similar to a printed circut. So I may be way off on intels working design that is modular and probably quite large. Given what they will actually release. I just dont see how you can bend light signals in a cramped space. The proc will most likely be larger than ones of today. give it 100 years then..
IMO, a hybrid of photonic and quantom technologies solves this problem, and others, potentially. (Yes, it is at least 47% more ridiculous to expect this anytime soon.)
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/114778/article.html Interesting article.thumb.gif
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