IBM Unveils Hybrid Chip Breakthrough

Wednesday Dec 1st 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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New processor combines optical and electrical components and could pave the way toward computers that are 1,000 times faster than today's models.

InformationWeek: IBM has unveiled a new processor that uses a combination of electrical and optical components. The company says that the technology could eventually be used to achieve exascale computing--systems that can perform one million trillion calculations per second. Those computers would be approximately 1,000 times faster than today's PCs.

"Our CMOS Integrated Nanophotonics breakthrough promises unprecedented increases in silicon chip function and performance via ubiquitous low-power optical communications between racks, modules, chips or even within a single chip itself," said IBM's Yuri Vlasov.

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