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Shedding Light on Silicon Photonics

Light-based technologies appear poised to move beyond data transport to a range of real-world applications.
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By Ron Wilson

What’s at stake?
As new fabrication techniques and design tools emerge, the bandwidth, latency and energy-efficiency advantages of silicon photonics move closer to delivering data-driven applications and services. Researchers are pursuing multiple paths to deployment, with specific applications perhaps determining how best to harness light to connect chip components and computing platforms.

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