Currently, we heavily rely on electricity to power our processors, and especially — to send data. But, an insight from the latest research into sending data via light is sure to pave the way for future computing. Bandwidth is increased by several orders of magnitude. Simply put, we’ll soon be able to process — in real-time — computations that would otherwise take an expansive amount of resources.

Light-chips will surely change the way we use computing; we’ll soon be able to use amazing new technologies that are so futuristic but are surely going to slowly make their way into the consumer markets.

Recent research at UC Berkley and MIT reveals plans to produce a ‘groundbreaking’ light-based microprocessor. It will have “10 to 50 times the bandwidth of a processor comprised entirely of electronics.”

Light-based integrated circuits could lead to radical changes in computing and network chip architecture in applications ranging from smartphones to supercomputers to large data centers,” said CU-Boulder assistant professor Miloš Popović, “something computer architects have already begun work on in anticipation of the arrival of this technology.

Source: DigitalTrends