“Silicon Nanophotonics” Integrates Optical Components with Electrical Circuits


IBM announced an advance in the ability to use light instead of electrical signals for information transmission in future computing applications. “Silicon nanophotonics” allows the integration of different optical components side-by-side with electrical circuits on a single silicon chip, using sub-100nm semiconductor technology.

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IBM Supercomputer Simulates 530 Billion Neurons & 100 Trillion Synapses


At the Supercomputing 2012 conference last week, IBM Research-Almaden presented its next milestone towards fulfilling DARPA’s cognitive computing program, Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE).

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Atomic Bond Types Clearly Discernible Thanks to Single-Molecule Images


A team from IBM in Zürich has released images they captured of single-molecules that are so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned.

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Radio Telescope Square Kilometer Array Will be Powered by $43-Million IBM Supercomputer


The world’s largest telescope will be the Square Kilometer Array, and when it starts peering into radio waves emanating from the skies, it will generate 1,000,000 terabytes of data each day. All of this data needs to be processed, and IBM is building a supercomputer to handle it.

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IBM’s Watson: Getting Ready to Beat You At Everything

IBM’s Watson was designed to answer trivia questions. In essence, it’s the perfect Jeopardy player, but there’s more to this than just a TV gameshow.