In 2011, IBM will debut Blue Waters which it described in Tokyo Dec. 1st. Blue Waters will not only be the world's fastest supercomputer, but will feature a Terabit-per-second optical interconnect using Avago's microPOD. IBM did not announce any licensees to its CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics in Tokyo, but analysts told me that its CISN will likely be licensed to others for manufacturing as early as next year. One analyst suggested that a big manufacturer like Samsung might license CISN if it becomes convinced that optical interconnects have, after many years of speculation, finally arrived.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.