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New resource for optical chips Today’s Spotlight features an image, courtesy of the researchers, about how silicon can reproduce physical phenomena exploited by high-end telecommunications devices.

The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers’ energy requirements will exceed the world’s total power output by 2040.

Using light rather than electricity to move data would dramatically reduce computer chips’ energy consumption, and the past 20 years have seen remarkable progress in the development of silicon photonics, or optical devices made from silicon, so they can easily be integrated with electronics on silicon chips.

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