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Intel Milestone Confirms Light Beams Can Replace Electronic Signals in the Future

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Intel Corporation today announced an important advance in the quest to use light beams to replace the use of electrons to carry data in and around computers. The company has developed a research prototype representing the world's first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers. The link can move data over longer distances and many times faster than today's copper technology; up to 50 gigabits of data per second. This is the equivalent of an entire HD movie being transmitted each second.

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they think a HD movie is only 6.25GB?
 

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they think a HD movie is only 6.25GB?
In DivX, yes. 1080p 120 min movies are around the 5 GB mark. It's sort of like telling the average audio track is 5 MB (when it's ~50 MB in PCM).
 

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In DivX, yes. 1080p 120 min movies are around the 5 GB mark. It's sort of like telling the average audio track is 5 MB (when it's ~50 MB in PCM).
i see. on bluray, they're more like 20GB on average.
 
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I remember reading something on Yahoo about this a few years ago
 
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I think they meant Gigabytes, otherwise it only represents about the size of a DVD.....
 
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come on give them a break :p

once you take out all the crap on Blu ray disks... the movie itself stripped of the extras like 2 channel sound and other languages.. it gets a lot smaller then 20gb. for it to be blu ray classed it really only needs to be larger then 10GB (double sided dvd). if its on a blu ray disk, its blu ray... dosnt matter how much of the disk it takes up.
they said HD movie. they never claimed it was on Blu ray... (unless it was edited :p)



this is a lot faster then alternatives such as USB or Sata. wonder if this will be commonly avalible when intels new socket R comes out. that would be a nice upgrade
 
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come on give them a break :p

once you take out all the crap on Blu ray disks... the movie itself stripped of the extras like 2 channel sound and other languages.. it gets a lot smaller then 20gb. for it to be blu ray classed it really only needs to be larger then 10GB (double sided dvd). if its on a blu ray disk, its blu ray... dosnt matter how much of the disk it takes up.
they said blu ray movie not blu ray disk.



this is a lot faster then alternatives such as USB or Sata.
i rip a lot of BR movies for playback through our NAS, 20GB is average - even for animated movies. remember that the disks go upto 50GB.


and yeah this tech is totally awesome - i just didnt like their silly numbers :p
 

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i think were missing the fact that they are transferring this shit with a mini flashlight.
 

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i think were missing the fact that they are transferring this shit with a mini flashlight.
i'm just not excited by it, until i see it used in systems.
 

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i'm just not excited by it, until i see it used in systems.
honestly. im not too geared up either. this is just micro fiber optics. which is a concept easy enough to understand. It is however quite a step forward that than can infact get it that small. Im curious to what the hoped for extent will be though. Like exactly what will they try to impliment it with? The sky is the limit but replacing all copper traces and paths in a PC with light? That will be after my life time.
 
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The sky is the limit but replacing all copper traces and paths in a PC with light?
Yup. That would mean major architectural changes to a board's design. Light can't travel trough a 90º angle, so I'm not seeing this being introduced into the micro-hardware market. Installing fiber-optic cables isn't easy as is on a regular server installation or a house, let along a PC case...
Cable management would be a headache. :laugh:
 
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i think were missing the fact that they are transferring this shit with a mini flashlight.
Funnay and true, it does add another layer of complexity, makes one question reliability when looking at the number of I/O cables in a PC.

Did you know the length of a nanosecond is 30cm? :)
 

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HD = 720p, so, yeah 5GB for a complete movie in HD.
FullHD = 1080p
 

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Did you know the length of a nanosecond is 30cm? :)
Did you know that without a context that statement has no meaning? :laugh:
Please fill in the blanks for me ...

"The distance a <entity> can travel through <medium> in a nanosecond is 30cm."
 
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Did you know that without a context that statement has no meaning? :laugh:
Please fill in the blanks for me ...

"The distance a <entity> can travel through <medium> in a nanosecond is 30cm."
Ok, just for you...

Light will travel approximately 30cm in 1 nanosecond.

Have light, will travel. :laugh:
 
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honestly. im not too geared up either. this is just micro fiber optics. which is a concept easy enough to understand. It is however quite a step forward that than can infact get it that small. Im curious to what the hoped for extent will be though. Like exactly what will they try to impliment it with? The sky is the limit but replacing all copper traces and paths in a PC with light? That will be after my life time.
Like with all optical connections, it's just much faster. Because this technology isn't new, it's fairly cheap. Doing this in a PC will remove any slower connection between components. Right now everyone is trying to switch to fiber optics not just for its speed, but for the energy eficiency. This new tech will also mean better eficiency in PCs and other electronics. So this may be comming sooner than you think.
 
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Like with all optical connections, it's just much faster. Because this technology isn't new, it's fairly cheap. Doing this in a PC will remove any slower connection between components. Right now everyone is trying to switch to fiber optics not just for its speed, but for the energy eficiency. This new tech will also mean better eficienct in PCs and other electrinics. So this may be comming sooner than you think.
we know that. fiber optic isnt new tech.

the problem is this example they have may be smaller than whats out there now, but its still hundreds (if not thousands) of times too large to be used where we want it most - inside CPU's and GPU's.
 
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Imagine a video card with this type of connector, a clean noise free dual link between NB-SB-CPU-Memory


This is good, but only works if they allow other competitors to use it. Who would adopt it for motherboard manufacture, interfacing with peripherals, or otherwise if only Intel uses it?
 

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Imagine a video card with this type of connector, a clean noise free dual link between NB-SB-CPU-Memory


This is good, but only works if they allow other competitors to use it. Who would adopt it for motherboard manufacture, interfacing with peripherals, or otherwise if only Intel uses it?
i can already seeing as being a complicated problem. As intel developed it and not a bored of standardizers. Intel may not share it. which would be detrimental to the growth of the PC market. but they might. Which will sandbag the PC market. they will obviously want royalties. they will probably leave out some things and force other companies to fill in the blanks. So they always have the performance advantage. <-- thats pretty much how it is now with anything. But were talking micro fiber optics. not known tested tech. so when it first hits market it will be more expensive than anything we've ever seen. not to mention depending on implementation it will probably need a total rebuild $$$$$$. Shame that we cant advance tech first then make $ they hold all the strings and charge along the way. sometimes I imagine were we would be if everything electronics didnt coast thousands of dollers.
 
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The cloud is coming :pimp:
 
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Maybe some day we'll have PCs that have all the zeros and ones moving as light through optic fiber... I think that day shouldn't even be SO far away.