Electricity and Light in One Chip

A Conventional CMOS Chip The CMOS chips of the very near future will communicate via pulses of light rather than electricity, increasing speed by three orders of magnitude. NASA IBM is prepped to lead the way into the next era of exascale computing, at least if the technology they showed off at a convention today in Chiba, Japan can live up to expectations. Today IBM lifted the veil on its CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics (CISN) technology at Semicon Japan, saying its next-gen silicon chips that communicate via pulses of light, rather than electrical signals, will be commercially available starting next year. In the chip sector, nanophotonics are thought to be the inevitable future of CMOS chip tech, and nearly every major player in the field - Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Freescale, etc. - has dabbled in the technology. CISN promises to unlock exascale computing power, removing the roadblocks between today's chip technology and processors that are 1,000 times faster than today's petascale computers.

Electricity and Light in One Chip

Silicon chips with both optical and electrical circuits could eliminate a bottleneck limiting supercomputer speeds. Today's computer chips are chunks of silicon that use electrical pulses ...

Fri 3 Dec 10 from MIT Technology Review

IBM's breakthrough chip technology lights the path to exascale computing

(PhysOrg.com) -- IBM scientists today unveiled a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using ...

Wed 1 Dec 10 from Phys.org

Short, On-Chip Light Pulses Will Enable Ultrafast Data Transfer Within Computers

Engineers develop the first ultra compact, low power pulse compressor on a silicon chip.

Thu 2 Dec 10 from U.S. News

IBM hits terabit speeds with new chip technique

IBM has developed a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling data transfer using pulses of light. read more

Thu 2 Dec 10 from TG Daily

IBM Unveils Nanophotonic Chips that Could Lead the Exascale Computing Revolution

A Conventional CMOS Chip The CMOS chips of the very near future will communicate via pulses of light rather than electricity, increasing speed by three orders of magnitude. NASA IBM is prepped ...

Wed 1 Dec 10 from Popular Science

IBM: Computers may rival speed of thought

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Computers using a new type of chip that integrates both electronics and optics could rival the human brain for speed of thought, U.S. experts say.

Thu 2 Dec 10 from UPI

Breakthrough chip technology lights path to exascale computing: Optical signals connect chips together faster and with lower power

IBM scientists have unveiled a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead ...

Thu 2 Dec 10 from ScienceDaily

Breakthrough chip technology lights the path to exascale computing

IBM scientists unveiled a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead ...

Thu 2 Dec 10 from R&D Mag

Made in IBM Labs: Breakthrough Chip Technology Lights the Path to Exascale Computing

IBM scientists today unveiled a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light ...

Wed 1 Dec 10 from R&D Mag

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