Even Faster Computers

First germanium-tin semiconductor laser directly compatible with silicon chips

Swiss scientists have created the first semiconductor laser consisting solely of elements of main group IV (the carbon group) on the periodic table. Simply, this means that the new device is directly compatible with other elements in that group – such as silicon, carbon, and lead – and so can be directly incorporated in a silicon chip as it is manufactured. This presents new possibilities for transmitting data around computer chips using light, which could result in potential transfer speeds logarithmically faster than possible with copper wire and using only a fraction of the energy of today’s integrated circuits.

The future ain’t for slowing down. Very fast transfer speeds in the chip, will help push up transfer speeds even faster in the computer itself, so leading to faster computing time.

Moore’s Law continues to push forward, as far as I can see. And the quantum computers have recently got their own lasers to help in their development…

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