Desktops and Notebooks: Intel Interconnect Prototype Uses Light to Transmit Data

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2010-07-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intel researchers have created a prototype interconnect that uses beams of light to send and receive data, a development that could pave the way for significant changes in the way information moves between PCs, servers and mobile devices. The current method of using copper wires to transmit electrons is reaching its limits, according to Intel CTO Justin Rattner. It currently is hitting speeds of 10G bps, and with copper, the faster the speed, the greater the limits on distance. That won't do, particularly with the rapid growth of electronic devices and the data moving between them. Intel officials said that through photonics, data can move with much faster speed-maybe as much as 1 terabyte per second-at much longer distances. The prototype can move data at 50G bps. Rattner and other Intel officials say products with optical interconnect technology could start hitting the market by the middle of the decade. Read the story here. (Photos courtesy of Intel)
 
 
 

Intel Interconnect Prototype Uses Light to Transmit Data

By Jeffrey Burt
Intel Interconnect Prototype Uses Light to Transmit Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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