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 Jan 06, 2005 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* Intel cracks Silicon Laser

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The hardware guys at Intel have managed to solve the puzzle of creating a laser-on-a-chip, running entirely on silicon.


Today, lasers that power fast optical networks require exotic ? and expensive ? materials and are mainly used in vast communications networks. With everyday silicon, the capacity and efficiency of light waves could be used cheaply in much smaller environments.

As a result, the movement of data within computers would keep up with the ever-increasing speed of microprocessors, breaking through an increasingly problematic bottleneck that exists for users of complex programs, such as video editors, large businesses and governments.
If it comes to fruition, that'd be an amazing thing. "Lightspeed Bus" indeed.
 

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