IBM one of the world’s largest data center operators has created a Silicon Naophotonics chip. IBM’s Silicon Naophotonics chips can use traditional laser light and silicon technology to achieve high speed data transfer. IBM has developed a technology where in which electrical and optical circuits are embedded on the same chip. IBM claims that these chips will be able to manufacture in standard semiconductor chip factories.
Vice President and Director of IBM research Dr. John E. Kelly said, “This technology breakthrough is a result of more than a decade of pioneering research at IBM. This allows us to move the silicon Nanophotonics technology into a real-world manufacturing environment that will have an impact across a range of applications.”
Right now this component can guide laser light and convert it into electrical signals which can be processed in silicon chips. These components are expensive and bulky. By installing optical components inside the silicon, IBM can create data highways. These data highways can keep up the stream information that has to be processed inside supercomputers and high speed servers.
Nanophotonics Scientist from IBM Research, Solomom Assefa said, “This will help us get past a significant problem in the industry. When you do a Google search today, it happens in a big data center, not inside a single chip. The data are stored all over the place, and you have to reach
it through fast interconnects.”
A single chip will be capable of transferring data at 25GB /second, to achieve his today it requires a chip and a large number or expensive optical components.
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