IBM scientists have created a prototype optical chipset that may transfer a whacking terabit of information per second – the equivalent of downloading five hundred high definition movies.
Unlikely because it looks, the speed breakthrough was created by drilling forty eight minuscule holes in a very customary quarter-inch silicon CMOS chip.
“Reaching the one trillion bit per second mark with the Holey Optochip marks IBM’s latest milestone to develop chip-scale transceivers which will handle the amount of traffic within the era of huge knowledge,” says IBM researcher Clint Schow.
“We are actively pursuing higher levels of integration, power potency and performance for all the optical elements through packaging and circuit innovations. we tend to aim to enhance on the technology for commercialization within the next decade with the collaboration of producing partners.”
The forty eight holes within the Holey Optochip enable optical access through the rear of the chip to twenty four receiver and twenty four transmitter channels – manufacturing an ultra-compact, high-performing and power-efficient optical module.
It’s not solely capable of record setting knowledge transfer rates, says IBM, it will try this at a awfully high power potency, with the transceiver consuming but 5 watts.
Best of all, says the team, the Holey Optochip module is built with elements that are commercially out there nowadays, allowing economies of scale.
The Holey Optochips are designed for direct coupling to a customary 48-channel multimode fiber array through an economical micro-lens optical system which will be assembled with standard high-volume packaging tools.
“By demonstrating unparalleled levels of performance, the Holey Optochip illustrates that high-speed, low-power interconnects are possible within the close to term and optical is that the solely transmission medium which will keep before the accelerating world demand for broadband,” says IBM.
“The way forward for computing can rely heavily on optical chip technology to facilitate the expansion of huge knowledge and cloud computing and therefore the drive for next-generation knowledge center applications.”