This tiny optical switch directs traffic on a computer chip by using light instead of electricity. First an electrical signal is converted into light particles called photons. Then devices on the switch (the black boxes above) route the message from the transmitter to the proper receiver.
This tiny optical switch directs traffic on a computer chip by using light instead of electricity. First an electrical signal is converted into light particles called photons. Then devices on the switch (the black boxes above) route the message from the transmitter to the proper receiver. IBM / MCT
This tiny optical switch directs traffic on a computer chip by using light instead of electricity. First an electrical signal is converted into light particles called photons. Then devices on the switch (the black boxes above) route the message from the transmitter to the proper receiver. IBM / MCT

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April 02, 2008 2:37 PM

Faster computers may use light instead of electricity

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