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Intel Milestone Confirms Light Beams Can Replace Electronic Signals for Future Computers

Intel Creates World’s First End-to-End Silicon Photonics Connection with Integrated Lasers; Could Revolutionize Computer Design, Dramatically Increase Performance, Save Energy

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  • Intel Labs has created the world’s first silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers using Hybrid Silicon Laser technology.
  • The experimental chip can move data at 50 billion bits per second (50Gbps). Researchers are now pressing on to demonstrate even faster speeds.
  • The availability of low-cost, high-speed fiber-optics based on this technology could allow computer makers to completely rethink traditional system design from netbooks to supercomputers.
  • Businesses with server farms or datacenters could eliminate performance bottlenecks while saving significant operational costs in space and energy, replacing many cables with one optical fiber.

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  • The 50Gbps Silicon Photonics Link

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