Sun Microsystems: Breakin' the law, Breakin' the law?

... Moore's Law, that is. Sun currently has laser technology in its crosshairs with the intent to boost speeds of communication between chips on computers. While this has been a theoretical way to vastly improve processing power, no one's actually pulled it off and put it into production yet. A quote I found amusing from the article:

“It’s like the difference between having someone next door and having to get on an airplane to fly across the country,” said Alan Huang, an optical networking designer at the Terabit Corporation in Menlo Park, Calif. “This would be a way of breaking Moore’s Law.

While Moore's Law actually involves an exponential increase in the number of transistors that can be effectively crammed onto a silicon wafer, I don't see how this technology will actually break Moore's Law, per se. It might just render Moore's Law obsolete by allowing multiple-CPU computers to scale much more efficiently.

Full story: [nytimes] via [engadget]

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