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Holey Optochip! IBM hits a terabit of info per second
CNET ^ | March 7, 2012 9:01 PM PST | Daniel Terdiman

Posted on 03/08/2012 6:45:56 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Big Blue's new prototype chip surpasses major milestone, thanks to unlikely innovation: tiny holes in a quarter-inch chip, boosting data transfer.

A look at the IBM Holey Optochip, a new chip architecture capable of transferring a terabit of information per second.(Credit: IBM)

IBM said this evening that its scientists have developed a computer chip that can move a trillion bits of information a second.

Known as the "Holey Optochip," the prototype optical chipset can transfer the equivalent of 500 high-definition movies a second, or the entire U.S. Library of Congress Web archive in an hour, Big Blue said. The innovation is possible because IBM's scientists figured out that, by drilling 48 minuscule holes in a standard quarter-inch silicon CMOS chip, they were able to ramp up data transfer rates from what was possible.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: hitech

1 posted on 03/08/2012 6:45:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce; SunkenCiv; blam; Marine_Uncle; NormsRevenge

Thats moving stuff.


2 posted on 03/08/2012 6:48:07 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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Article has an inconsistent statement....

And by breaking through the terabyte-per-second barrier,

Which doesn't match the earlier statements....don't know which is correct.

3 posted on 03/08/2012 6:54:27 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Now that is interesting. If we can just get our space program funding back, we might actually break free and roam the universe...


4 posted on 03/08/2012 6:56:35 PM PST by ghannonf18
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
and it prolly puts out a teraBTU's tooo...
5 posted on 03/08/2012 7:03:55 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ghannonf18

Doubtful we’ll get NASA back after that black hole ate it!


6 posted on 03/08/2012 7:06:50 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (Mohammedan law every woman must belong to a man will delay the end of slavery until Islam has ceased)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Probably the terabit one; it’s an eighth that of a terabyte.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 7:23:36 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

That is still fast....


8 posted on 03/08/2012 7:25:40 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Just imagine what the speed of fail will be now.


9 posted on 03/08/2012 7:27:53 PM PST by Nachoman (I HOPE we CHANGE presidents.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Wow.

Right on!


10 posted on 03/08/2012 7:29:10 PM PST by Danae (Fapp Mfx, tat xhr toagd xhro humeqagc qhtmx??)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; a fool in paradise

HD 3D porno videos will make it look like you’re there in the action!


11 posted on 03/08/2012 7:29:40 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That’s nice...but we don’t have the bandwidth to to match. According to AT&T we consumers are ruining the net with HD demand. So they have to charge more or limit our data. It’s for the childrens.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 7:51:44 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

But does it beep like my old Atari? Now THAT would be cool!


13 posted on 03/08/2012 8:05:58 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Dallas59

ATT needs to update their transistors


14 posted on 03/08/2012 8:06:50 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "Thats moving stuff."
Rather quickly at that.
15 posted on 03/08/2012 8:07:01 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: Dallas59

gig speeds are coming to homes in Houston - all the bandwidth you can eat.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 8:07:09 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That’s a lot of pr0n.


17 posted on 03/08/2012 8:08:28 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Holey Optochip, Batman.


18 posted on 03/08/2012 8:37:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
That's all well and good, far be it for me to belittle such a feat, but what happens when you want to store that data? It typically takes hours to store a Terabyte to a hard disk and while SSDs will reduce write times somewhat, it will still take a number of hours to write all those bits somewhere, somehow. Assume a major bottleneck in write speeds, you also are faced with the problem with caching another TB every 8 seconds. Ping me in a few years (or decades) when they've got that figured out. BTW, I know, “Keep it in the Cloud,” but the data still has to find it's way onto a server, if only at the front end of the stream, else we will be strictly limited to live streams that have to be down-resed to be stored at all.
19 posted on 03/08/2012 9:45:18 PM PST by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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