August 09, 2004 -- Semiconductor devices now operate at internal clock speeds that far outstrip the electronic interconnection infrastructure's ability to support them. Although optoelectronic technologies have been considered as potential solutions for short-range transmission, serious impediments remain, with high cost and power near the top of the list. Traditional copper technology appears to be a better choice for now.
Provided the signal channel is well designed and properly constructed, copper has demonstrated the ability to transmit data with low bit error rates in the high-gigahertz range.
By Joseph Fjelstad. (Fjelstad is founder of SiliconPipe, Inc.)
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.