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Feb 14th, 2013
IBM, Dow Corning team to develop board-level Photonics materials
IBM and Dow Corning have developed a new type of polymer material capable of transmitting light instead of electrical signals at high speed within supercomputers and other data systems.
The researchers fabricated thin sheets into flexible optical waveguides that show no curling and can bend to a 1-mm radius. The silicone-based material is stable at extreme operating temperatures, including 85 percent humidity and 85 ºC, making it suitable for integration in established electrical printed circuit board technology.
Fig1: At the Photonics West conference, Dow Corning and IBM scientists unveiled a major step in photonics: using a new type of polymer material to transmit light instead of electrical signals within supercomputers and data centers. This new material offers better physical properties, including robustness and flexibility, making it ideal for applications in Big Data and for developing future exascale computers, which can perform a billion computations per second. In this photo is a prototype waveguide made of the new material at the Binning and Roher Nanotechnology Center in Rueschlikon, Switzerland. Courtesy of IBM Research.
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