Computer processors are ushering in a new technological era. An extended team of American scientists has created a new type of PC processor that has the ability to provide faster information signals, and possibly lead to better energy-efficient information facilities.
Optical data transferring could considerably decrease the chips’ energy intake, which is a very suitable feature for modern gadgets, but it is also important in keeping the stable improvements in processing energy at top parameters.
Demonstrating that such processors can be developed with no adjustment to current semiconductor production, the specialized techniques should turn optical interaction into a more interesting function for the ever-growing computer market.
However, it makes an already challenging technological task even more complex down the way. According to recent details released in the specialized publications these days, the enhanced processor technologies used by them depends on the usage of light waves, instead of sources based electrons, for transmitting all digital information.
Experts had to use modern science and new ideas to determine how they can take components and procedure that are incorporated to create transistors, and transfer them into the building of photo detectors, modulators, wave guides or optical filters and connectors.
In order to create the new system, researchers efficiently combined photons and photons inside one chip microprocessor, this milestone development providing future ways for ultra fast, lower-power data processing.
The electronic-based system that experts have designed on an individual processor includes more than 50 million transistors along with 800 photonic elements that work together to provide digital, storage and interconnection features.
Judging from the statements of the scientists, the new PC processor is able of transferring 50 to 150 times more information per second, in comparison to standard electronic chips. Regarding the quicker rates of data speed obtained by the recent computer processor, the scientists said that data transferring across electrical cables is restricted by both information transfer usage and energy density.
This feature makes a performance funnel for semiconductor microprocessors in modern devices, from cell phones to wide-scale information in the specialized centers.
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