New supercomputers to use silicone implants

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The next generation of supercomputers will use plastic ‘wave guides’ rather than traditional circuitry to transmit data, according scientists from Dow Corning Electronic and IBM.

The team has developed a flexible silicone that can be implanted into printed circuits instead of copper, which is not only cheaper than traditional metal components but is also more efficient.

“Optical waveguides made from Dow Corning’s silicone polymer technology offer customers revolutionary new options for transmitting data substantially faster, and with lower heat and energy consumption,” said Eric Peeters, vice-president of Dow Corning Electronic Solutions.

“We are confident that silicone-based board-level interconnects will quickly supersede conventional electronic signal distribution to deliver the amazing speeds needed for tomorrow’s supercomputers.”