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[BitTech] Intel to Fund Silicon Photonics Centre

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The deal, which was reported this week in Chip Design Magazine, will see Intel dip into its recent monster profits to fund the foundation of the Optoelectronics Systems Integration in Silicon (OpSIS) Centre at the University, designed as the silicon photonics equivalent of the Metal Oxide Semiconductor Implementation Service Centre at the University of Southern California.

Rather than relying on electrical connections between components, photonics instead transfers data over optical connections. Intel has already dabbled with high-speed optical data connections with its Light Peak technology, but it's hoped that photonics could enable optical connections inside mass-produced chips as well.
Good news for the future!
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Ohh wow. Go Intel!
     
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Great news. All sorts of exciting things happening at the moment, from this to graphene chips.


Only downside to the story is that the chips are being made by BAE at the moment, so they will be about 3 years late and cost 4 times as much as quoted...
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