Interesting times....

From: Corbally (
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 15:55:54 MDT


Two pretty nifty news items

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Researchers at the University of Illinois
have developed a method of prepping single-crystal silicon wafers for
organic molecules, which produce molecular switches with atomic
...."We're working with chemists now who are designing molecules that when
attached will act like transistors that can switch at 100 trillion times a
second," said Lyding.

And also;

New polymers developed by chemists and engineers at the University of
and the University of Southern California appear to achieve speed and capacity
increases so great that they will revolutionize telecommunications, data
sensing and display technologies.....
....Tests indicate a single modulator measuring one micron (about .000039
inch) can
provide more than 300 gigahertz of bandwidth - enough to handle all of a major
corporation's telephone, computer, television and satellite traffic......
....During testing at Tacan Corp. in Carlsbad, Calif., two other co-authors
of the Science
article - lead author Yongqiang Shi (now of Lucent Technologies) and James
Bechtel -
used the devices to translate electronic cable television signals into
optical signals using
less than 1 volt of electricity. Researchers at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s
laboratory in Palo Alto, Calif., have since replicated those results in
tests involving
other applications.

It appears that this technique gives very low latency, very very high
bandwidth for networking.

I would certainly not complain if these technologies panned out:)



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