Photonic computing sounds like something you might hear about in a sci fi movie, but thanks to some researchers at The University of Colorado, it is becoming a reality. They have created the first computer processor that can transmit data using light. There has been some talk on this subject already, with researchers demonstrating that super fast internet connections, which are also more secure than traditional wifi, can be creating using light as well.
The new photonic chips can transmit data 10 to 50 times faster and more numerous than traditional chips. For number geeks they can achieve something like 300Gbps. Yeah, that’s fast!
Basically the scientists researching this project have injected photonic components into certain parts of a processor, that allows it to still follow conventional processing procedures. While the first processor isn’t anything too crazy, it does leave the door open for impressive technology that can handle massive amounts of data. Since this chip runs on light instead of electricity, it also uses less energy to transmit the information. This is because light can be sent over longer distances than electricity, for the same amount of power.
The processors with use the same infrared light that makes your remote controls function, and those rays are about 1/100th the width of a human hair, meaning that there is just so much potential in this new technology.
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