Wel how about his, Intel have developed a way to amplify and transmit laser within silicon.... this means getting the same efect as Fibre optics at half the cost.
What it also means is that Intel will produce chips with data being transferred 'optically' between peripheral devices within the chipset and chips itself... can u imagine the FSB when this comes into production
Think about it no more electric signals ... data transmission by optical means... brilliant!!! .... kudos to intel for this super development....I guess we can safely say that Intel will smother AMD's growth once again .
So the "Itanic" trying to set sail has been a multi-million dollar smokescreen, masking this new development that would be entire line-shift in technology?
I'm not questioning your credibility, but I question info coming from / about a company that has chased a sea of good money and manhours after a grail that two other companies have already seized upon. If they are indeed developing this as a redefinition of processor architecture, then this just seems typical operating procedure -- if you can't beat 'em, change the rules. Granted, the possibilities are impressive... staggering even. But using it expressly for processors? If that is truly the case, then the Itanium project would be ended today and Intel would coast on current sales until this new dark-project was marketed.
Want to speed up commerce in the USA? Privatize the US Post Office, and turn it into a free-enterpise company that has to actually compete on the open market, instead of hide behind the government's skirt.
well the technology is still in its infancy and Intel guys reckon it wont go into manufacturing for atleast 8-10 years... so I guess there is a lot of work to be done. But the thing is that like all technologies it will play its part in processor development in stages... quite possibly Intel will introduce small applications of this technology in their processor in the near future and there may not be the quantum perfomance boost expected but a boost neverthe less. It would also be the next generation technology that would have people running to the INtel shop to be on par .
All of this mayhem will probably lead to the eventual supreme processor sooner that expected. In the mean time Intel will fuel their R&D finances by selling northwoods clocked beyonf belief and 64 bit CPU's to try and keep up with AMD. A perfect business recipe if u ask me.
PS: "-- if you can't beat 'em, change the rules" ... loving that
hmm unless the 'cell' processors due in 2006 already have something similar... in which case it becomes a catch-up game all over again.Remember things like this CANNOT be patented cause they are not entirely unique in origin... so its never too late for IBM and Toshiba to start working on an optical Cell processor.
But having such a big monopoly should help.
actually, its a very weak laser.... its nothing like the well known ruby or gas laser beams..... infact this more like a focussed beam of light(collimated)... the same stuff fibre optic cables carry... no cooling issues there... and it'll prolly be much cooler than the heat released by current 'charge' based systems.... I doubt heat is ever going to be a 'big' issue.
Well to make sure I'm thinking correct...... where did that calculator go..