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Apple Macbook Pro Laptops Released With Thunderbolt Technology

Posted by on Friday, 25 February, 2011

Macbook Pro 15 inch

 – The Apple Macbook Pro Laptops received its latest update to its lineup Thursday.  The new Macbooks will include the Intel Thunderbolt I/O technology which boasts a maximum speed  of 10 Gigabits per second per channel with compatible devices. This is twice the maximum speed of USB 3.0 and more than 3 times the speed of eSATA.

Among other things, the Apple Macbook Pro Laptops will bring high performance graphics and Face Time HD camera to the user experience. The Face Time HD camera has 3 times better resolution than the older version and will allow users to make widescreen video calls.

The Apple Macbook Pro Laptops come in 13, 15, and 17 inch models which include updates to the core processors. The more powerful Intel Core i5 and i7 processors replace the Intel Core Duo in the older models.  The base model 13 inch Macbook Pro is equipped with a 2.3 GHZ Intel Code i5 processor, while the 15 inch base model comes with a 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7.  The 17 inch Macbook Pro uses a slightly faster 2.2 Ghz Intel Core i7.

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IBM Makes Leeway In Silicone Photonics Arena

Posted by on Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

– The Wall Street Journal reported today that IBM has announced it’s making major headway in improving speeds in computer chips. The race is intense in the computer industry to develop computer chips that are laser-based. Conventional electrical chips use silicone, and Big Blue is leading the research to use lasers to send data in the form of light signals through the silicone at much faster rates than standard optical components. IBM hopes to generate chips that send data at a rate of a trillion bits per second. This is twenty five times faster than optical components used today.

Intel and Luxtera, in addition to IBM, are also working in the same field of silicone photonics. Luxtera, based in Carlsbad, California, is vying for the same limelight as IBM, and claims that it’s current chips are already ahead of IBM’s technology.

IBM states that it’s first commercial products in this new silicone integrated nanophotonics field will hit the market in three to five years.

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