Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Intel, UCSB Develop Hybrid Laser (article)

ExtremeTech reports: "Researchers at Intel Corp. and UC Santa Barbara said they have successfully integrated a light-emitting laser component with the silicon necessary to guide it, a step forward toward optical data conduits within PCs."

The real question is, will optical based computers one day replace the silicon based ones we use today? They have been toying with this technology for a little while, I remember it first being discussed in the 1980s. I am really surprised I have not seen a lot more advancements in this field.
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