The other wonderful use of silicon.
You think your thousand dirham 30mbps internet line is fast? How about downloading the entire printed catalog of the Library of Congress in a min and a half? Okay, sounds boring. How about downloading a large collection of 1080p HD movies in a couple of seconds? Sounds cool, right; and this will all be possible with the new tech by Intel that uses silicon and light to achieve the ridiculous amounts of speed we will see in the eventual future.
Gizmodo writes, “Intel detailed their breakthrough to the press at an event today, marking the milestone of impressive 50 gigabits per second transfer speeds using an underlying technology that could go much, much further. We’ve covered the promise of fiber optic speeds before, but nothing like this. Intel CTO Justin Rattner explained just what “silicon photonics” even means, why the world needs it, and what it promises in the near future.”
So what are ‘silicon photonics’? For as complicated as it sounds, it’s quite simple (if you are an science nerd that is): silicon photonics is nothing more than the combination of silicon and optical technologies which converts electrons into photons and back again, resulting in a data we all know: 0′s and 1′s. Since the technology uses existing ones, it will be much cheaper to produce and be quickly accessible for mass consumption.