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Re: ...and Intel said, "Oh $hit!"
Some years ago when I used to be a MAJOR geek, I used to follow microprocessor technology trends. Optical processors have existed in the lab for some time now. I don't think you'll see a shift to optical processing until we start hitting some bottlenecks in performance with current silicon type wafer technology. It seems everytime there is a hurdle, they solve it and continue evolving the 'current' technology. In fact, a researcher I spoke with about a year ago remarked how he thought we would be using some other type of processor by now as he never believed all the problems they expected with silicon would be solved as quickly as they have been.