Light-emitting silicon, breakthrough after 50 years of work

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Emitting light from silicon has been the ‘Holy Grail’ in the microelectronics industry for decades. Solving this puzzle would revolutionize computing, as chips will become faster than ever. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology now succeeded: they have developed an alloy with silicon that can emit light. The results have been published in the journal Nature. The team will now start creating a silicon laser to be integrated into current chips.

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Silicon photonics market to boom for 100G then 400G, research shows

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“Si photonics growth is now confirmed”, announces Dr. Eric Mounier from Yole Développement (Yole). “Therefore, the development of Si photonics technologies is especially driven by the intra & inter data center applications. Silicon photonics is today one of the most valuable answers to high data rate/low cost for distances beyond VCSEL’s reach.”
The market research and strategy consulting company, Yole investigates the Si photonics sector for years now and was already announcing its take-off in 2017. This year, the trend is confirmed, strongly supported by the needs of data management and performances. Continue reading “Silicon photonics market to boom for 100G then 400G, research shows”

How speed of residential internet access will develop from now to 2022

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How speed of residential internet access will develop from now to 2022 – Commissioned by NLkabel and Cable Europe

The central question in this study is “How will upload and download speed demand have developed by 2022 in the European market for residential internet access?”. Our research focuses on consumers in the Netherlands and other West European countries with highly developed broadband markets. This study is a follow-up to a study performed in 2014 by Dialogic and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Continue reading “How speed of residential internet access will develop from now to 2022”

New research suggests light could exist in a previously unknown form

New research suggests that it is possible to create a new form of light by binding light to a single electron, combining the properties of both.

According to the scientists behind the study, from Imperial College London, the coupled light and electron would have properties that could lead to circuits that work with packages of light – photons – instead of electrons. Continue reading “New research suggests light could exist in a previously unknown form”

Revolutions in Antennas and 5G Networks

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In the world of antennas, high-frequency radio and data traffic, work is proceeding at a pace on, among others, the introduction of 5G wireless networks in 2020. According to Satrax, a company based in Twente, the Netherlands, light is the answer to the increasing demand for higher data frequencies and bandwidths. The company develops antenna plates in which integrated photonic circuits play an essential role. But these chips are also leading to revolutionary developments in other fields. Continue reading “Revolutions in Antennas and 5G Networks”

World’s fastest nanoscale all-optical switch, created by researchers at Moscow State University

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Scientists have successfully developed the world’s fastest nanoscale all-optical switch. The device uses plasmonic nanoparticles and can transfer terabits of data on a femtosecond scale.

Produced on silicon nanostructures, the nanoscale device can be used for high-speed data transfer and may serve as a platform for next-gen computers.

The photonics field is branch of optics research that gained prominence with the invention of lasers. Photonics shares the same objectives as electronics, that is the fast, accurate and unattenuated transfer of data, but uses photons, rather than electrons, as the signal transfer agent. A photon refers to a quantum of light. Continue reading “World’s fastest nanoscale all-optical switch, created by researchers at Moscow State University”