Intel sez: "We can make silicon move light."

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Another great computing leap forward?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 12 February 2004 15:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

they'll use tiny mirrors to reflect the light no? i've been excited about this since reading about it a few years back. 1GB a minute broadband connections for all!

stevem (blueski), Thursday, 12 February 2004 16:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This in combination with holographic storage will change everything (blah blah blah). Our fast Pentium IV systems will feel like Timex Sinclairs in comparison with the new computers that will be possible.

Bryan (Bryan), Thursday, 12 February 2004 16:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Should help with the amount of heat put out by modern CPUS.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Thursday, 12 February 2004 16:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He said the breakthrough could help the net run faster, accelerate the speed of computer processors and perhaps lead to ultrahigh-definition displays.

For a sec reading this, my inner geek was excited. Faster connections are affected for various reasons as it is. Getting a lab-built modulator to move a billion pulses is easy enough in a controlled setting. However, tis bound to slow down if mass users worldwide are trying to use a limited amount of fiberoptic cables to access the Net.

This is bound to hike up the costs of the next batch of computers too, since what's new and shiny is always expensive for the first couple of years til it gets mass marketed.

(ending spiel of cold water)

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Thursday, 12 February 2004 16:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Countdown to internet connections working faster than human neural connections in T-minus 5...4...3...

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Licious, we're already there!

Nichole Graham (Nichole Graham), Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is a HUGE development for optical routers currently converting light to electicity in order to process information and then back again for transmission. I'd like to see the details on how they merge the CPU and memory.

Dale the Titled (cprek), Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

sticky tape

stevem (blueski), Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

good answer.

Dale the Titled (cprek), Thursday, 12 February 2004 17:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Alicious, unless your synapses are faster than the speed of light (which would surely make you a superhero) then you're already obsolete...

Markelby (Mark C), Thursday, 12 February 2004 18:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is bound to hike up the costs of the next batch of computers too

True. On the other hand, shiny Apple G5 dual processor CPUs will be available for a few hundred bucks. I know my computing needs don't require light-based processing--I'll be happy to scoop up the suddenly obsolete machines.

webcrack (music=crack), Thursday, 12 February 2004 18:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Count"down" til Nickalicious catches up with modern civilization, T-minus 5...4...3...6...7...

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 12 February 2004 18:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


ModJ (ModJ), Thursday, 12 February 2004 18:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wow, where'd you find my high school yearbook photo?????

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 12 February 2004 18:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I remember reading an article in Wired a bit back about the guys that make diamonds in labs and how they could be used to make light chips. The reporter contacted Intel about it and they were all "Nah, we're still pretty deep into silicon" and I thought "woah that's stupid not even to consider it" but now I realize they don't even need the diamonds and were probably secretly like "HA! Suckers!"

Dan I., Thursday, 12 February 2004 19:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

thirteen years pass...

this is a massive fuck up innit?

, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:49 (two months ago) Permalink

The effects are still being benchmarked, however we're looking at a ballpark figure of five to 30 per cent slow down, depending on the task and the processor model.


pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:52 (two months ago) Permalink

security flaw could allow hackers to zzzzzz

ASLR by default has only been widespread for about a decade so I expect to see these types of issues to keep coming tbf

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 13:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Intel don't want you to know that this ONE WEIRD TRICK to speed up CPU performance through speculative execution is now a potential security flaw!

2018 has to be better (snoball), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I sure am looking forward to the next Patch Tuesday! As if the computers at work (all HP Intel based, natch) aren't slow enough already!

2018 has to be better (snoball), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:47 (two months ago) Permalink

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