Holey Optochip!

A prototype optical chip that can transfer 1 terabit of data per second (1Tbps) has been developed by IBM researchers. IBM has named this new chip the “Holey Optochip” after the 48 holes in the chip itself. The holes allow laser light to be blasted in and out of the chip, allowing the equivalent of 500 high-definition movies to be sent and received in one second, eight times faster than with a traditional chip Besides the obvious quicker download, another plus of these new chips is that they are made of commercially available components and are green, consuming less than 5 watts of energy.

Author: Susan Hallinan

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