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[ET]Researchers create first room-temperature, nanoscale lasers: A major step towards optical computers

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Nanophotonics researchers at Arizona State University have created the world’s first electrically powered room-temperature nanolasers. These lasers are the single most important step towards building computer chips that use light instead of electricity for ultra-fast and efficient on- and off-chip communications.

Source: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/150615-researchers-create-first-room-temperature-nanoscale-lasers-a-major-step-towards-optical-computers

Now instead of MOAR CORES we can all worry about MOAR LASERS thumb.gif
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I can also imagine new laser weapon technologies. An array of billions of nanolasers could theoretically create a very powerful beam.
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Have your own death star in your garden NOW!!!
Call nanolazors!
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Hope this is ready once we really hit the limits of what we can do with traditional silicon chips.

Also, I don't think these would be very practical to make a huge death laser rolleyes.gif. Far better use in computer tech.
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There will always be things that work better with faster cores and other things that can use more cores, if the lasers are expensive I wouldn't be surprised to see hybrid chips produced for a while (keep a silicone GPGPU on the side for heavily threaded applications).
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I can also imagine new laser weapon technologies. An array of billions of nanolasers could theoretically create a very powerful beam.
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