Computer Chips with Frikken' Laser Beams on their Heads!

17 Sep 2006 - 9:46pm
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Dan Saffer
2003

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/18/technology/18chip.html?
ex=1316232000&en=28a5a164c7e8df41&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

"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."

"Computer designers will be able to rethink computers, packing chips
more densely both in home systems and in giant data centers.
Moreover, the laser-silicon chips — composed of a spider’s web of
laser light in addition to metal wires — portend a vastly more
powerful and less expensive national computing infrastructure."

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