Saturday December 26, 2015

Processor That Uses Light For Ultrafast Communications

Engineers have managed to figure out how to bring photonics into a computer chip, which shows performance "about 10 to 50 times greater" than microprocessors currently on the market.

The researchers packed two processor cores with more than 70 million transistors and 850 photonic components onto a 3-by-6-millimeter chip. They fabricated the microprocessor in a foundry that mass-produces high-performance computer chips, proving that their design can be easily and quickly scaled up for commercial production.

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