IBM researchers have generated dozens of pending and issued patents associated with the technology, which integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, and enables computer chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead of electrical signals).
Some of the CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics patents that IBM inventors hold, include:
U.S. Patent #7,790,495 - Optoelectronic device with germanium photodetector
U.S. Patent #7,738,753 - CMOS compatible integrated dielectric optical waveguide coupler and fabrication
U.S. Patent #7,711,212 - Junction field effect transistor geometry for optical modulators
U.S. Patent #7,684,666 - Method and apparatus for tuning an optical delay line
CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics is expected to facilitate terabyte-per-second class of single-chip transceivers that will further IBM's Exascale computing program, which is aimed at producing a supercomputer capable of performing one million trillion calculations—or an Exaflop—in a single second.
IBM researchers Yurii Vlasov, William Green, Solomon Assefa, Alexander Rylyakov, Clint Schow and Folkert Horst contributed to the development effort that led to the Nanophotonics technology achievement.
Last evening, I attended the 20th Anniversary Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation gala in New York City, as one of several guests invited by IBM's Senior Vice President and Director of Research Dr. John E. Kelly III. John was there to accept the prestigious Visionary Leadership Award on IBM’s behalf. The award was a tribute to all IBMers around the world, who help create new innovations and help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Getting to sit next to John, with my service dog and companion Veronique, made me privy to the positive comments his acceptance speech received, but everyone heard the thunderous applause when he talked about IBM's unrelenting support and commitment to accessibility, and IBMers with disabilities, dating back to 1914 – when IBM hired its first employee with a disability.
I wanted to share this with all of you, my extended IBM family around the world, because it underscores one of our company's most powerful characteristics and advantages: we understand what can be made possible when like-minded people, teams, or organizations leverage their will and vision to achieve a common goal.
The award reminded me of IBM’s 90 years of leadership in research and development that help all people reach their full potential in work and life.
We introduced the first Braille typewriter in 1946; today we’re modeling the behavior of the human brain’s neural tissue to learn how our minds function on a basic level. How incredible is that?
For me – as someone who has been involved in finding a cure for spinal cord injuries since I broke my neck in an accident in 1981 – the event was a doubly emotional experience because IBM was a corporate sponsor of the event.
This is the kind of leadership that is going to build a Smarter Planet. Today, at least 750 million people on our planet (more than twice the population of the US) have some type of mobility or sensory disability. IBM understands that we can't achieve a smarter planet unless we have an inclusive one.
Through partnerships with industry, academia and government, IBM will continue to lead and succeed in offering hope to people with disabilities.
I'm Jim Sinocchi, and I'm proud to be an IBMer.
vice president, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President; director, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
"The UCLA Engineering Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award, established in 1965, honors the superior achievements of alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the school. The hallmark of each recipient is a sterling record of distinguished career accomplishments, complemented by a history of outstanding contributions to the engineering profession.
For the past 20 years, Josephine Cheng has been at the forefront of relational database technology. As the Vice President of IBM Research - Almaden, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, winner of the 2006 Top 10 Software Leaders in China and UCLA's 2007 Professional Achievement Award, Josephine, without exception, has established new standards of excellence in her field.
With the numerous contributions to her profession, and notable service to the community, Josephine serves as a role model to so many. We are honored she will be accepting the 2010 Alumna of the Year Award on November 5 at our annual UCLA Engineering Awards Dinner. "
Learn more about Josephine's experience at UCLA and how her education helped her become one of the most influential women at IBM:
Josephine received both her B.S., 1975, Mathematics and Computer Science and M.S., 1977, Computer Science from UCLA. Her bio can be read here.