What can go faster than the speed of light? We’ve all learned this from an early age: nothing. And now IBM has developed a chip that makes it easier to shuttle data about using pulses of light instead of electrical signals.
The chip offers a way to move large amounts of information between processors in computer servers at much higher speeds than today’s.
The development team said that using light instead of electrons to transmit data has two key advantages:
- Data can be sent longer distances between different parts of a server center without risking a loss of information.
- Data transfer speeds are faster, as light can be used to carry more information at once through cables.
Another significance of this breakthrough? It’s much cheaper than other available options. More details here. (BBC News)