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July 29th, 2010

Intel: Silicon photonics to replace copper

Abstract:
Silicon photonics will replace copper connections in everything from supercomputers to servers to PCs, according to Intel Corp. researchers who demonstrated 50-Gb/s optical transmitter and receiver chips that it plans to scale up to terabit-per-second speeds prior to commercialization.



"This milestone marks the beginning of silicon photonics in the high-volume marketplace, in applications from [high-performance computing] all the way down to the client" PC, said Mario Paniccia, director of Intel's Photonics Technology Lab. "We call it a concept vehicle, but we've done the key things that would need to be addressed to commercialize it," added Paniccia. "We see a clear development path from 50 Gbits per second today to a terabit in the future."

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