Intel unveils laser innovation


Semiconductors use lasers to move data on computers much faster than the current technology of copper wires.

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Intel unveiled a new semiconductor that uses lasers to move data on computers much faster than the standard copper wires on circuit boards today.

The company hopes the new technology will lower the cost of fast computers.

The innovation could lead to more powerful supercomputers, according to the company, and also could accelerate consumer applications, such as transferring a movie onto a mobile device.

At current speeds of 50 gigabits per second — about five times faster than copper standards — the new silicon photonics technology could move a full, high-definition movie in one second over tiny optical fibers. Eventually Intel believes its technology could manage 1 terabit per second.

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