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Microchips' Optical Future


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Test chip

Test chip developed by Vladimir Stojanovic, Rajeev Ram, and colleagues monolithically integrates electrical and optical components and was produced on an existing IBM manufacturing line.

Credit: Vladimir Stojanovic, Rajeeve Ram, and Milos Popovic

To keep energy consumption under control, future chips may need to move data using light instead of electricity—and the technical expertise to build them may reside in the United States.

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