Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Proximity Communications

Yesterday I mentioned Intel's new technology for communication between chips using laser beams. Sun also has a technology for this purpose--it's called "proximity ommunications."Here's an excerpt from a CNet article:
Proximity communication, which is working in Sun labs, uses a technology called capacitive coupling. In it the electrical state of a tiny patch of one chip is registered by a corresponding patch on another chip that's separated by a thin air gap.

The technology not only is much faster than regular wires, but its performance doesn't lag as the chips speed up, Tremblay said. Essentially, that means chip communications can participate in the same steady Moore's Law pace of processor improvements.

This tech was announced last year, but if you missed it, here's a link to the full article.

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