Sun breaks new ground in computers

Sun Microsystems was awarded a contract from DARPA to look at increasing the speed of processing by hooking chips up with light rather then printed circuit boards. The press release is here. The contract is worth $44 M and is supposed to look at increasing speed and reliability while reducing cost. DARPA, along with all the Services, funds advanced research into all different kinds of ideas. Many pay off, many don’t; but it might surprise the average American how much of this kind of research comes from the Department of Defense.

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