Laser-powered chips could result in higher speeds on broadband for consumers and an internet that needs less power to operate.
A powerful internet that consumes less power. Super-powered computers that are comparable to NASA’s. Broadband speeds that can be awe-inspiring.
This is a possibility that’s just emerging as per Scandinavian researchers. In a report published last week, researchers of universities across Sweden and Denmark reported that they transferred nearly twice the amount of internet data using the fiber optic cable within a second with a laser-powered chip which is a record for the world.
The chip was able to achieve dizzying speeds thanks to only one laser and a specially designed light-generating device to send information over fiber optic cables, researchers said. The amount of data scientists transmitted, which is roughly 1.84 petabytes, is far more than the approximately 1 petabyte data sent over the internet each second. A petabyte is roughly 1 million gigabytes.
If it is commercialized, experts say that the chip could result in higher speeds for broadband and more computing power for users. It would, in particular, decrease how much energy needed to operate the internet which accounts for around 10% of the world’s energy consumption, and is increasing.
The web is massive energy consumption source, Leif Katsuo Oxenlowe as the principal researcher on the study, stated in an interview. We have to be able to accommodate an ongoing growth of the internet, however we must to develop innovative technologies that are energy efficient.
Researchers, telecom executives, and major tech companies are always begging for a speedier and more efficient web. A lot of them have been trying to increase the volume in data transmitted. Some are also increasing the latency of data, which is the length of time that it takes before data can respond.
The chip being tested by Scandinavian researchers will greatly increase the amount of data that the internet can transfer, Oxenlowe and material scientists have said.
The chip operates by using only one laser to create the rainbow of colors by using an instrument known as frequency comb. frequency comb. The lights are able to transmit data via fiber optic cable in a more efficient and less energy-intensive method.
It’s similar to … it’s like being in the New Jersey Turnpike and all the cars are connected in a way that they can move at a synchronized pace, said John Ballato Professor of Material Science at Clemson University who did not participate in the research.
During the test, Swedish and Danish researchers have achieved speed of data transfers that reached 1.84 petabytes per second with the single chip powered by lasers. Normally, more than 1,000 lasers would be needed to achieve this speed according to experts.
Ballato said that the Scandinavian team’s speed performances are fascinating. It’s not often that this kind of thing happens to pass, he said.
The main benefit of the chip is its easy design, he added. Utilizing it, in conjunction with the fiber optic cable which is unique, yet easy to obtain which makes it likely that companies could use this technique to transfer information in the near future, he added. This isn’t just an isolated event, he said. It’s not something that’s a fanciful thing that you’re thinking we’ll only make one time and never ever.
He did admit, however, that the idea is in the process of being researched and may take several years to be accepted as a standard. It’s not likely, he said that companies operating the internet will cut down fiber optic cables running the internet beneath the ocean, and replace them with this method.
He believes it’s most likely, as he added that the technology will be employed to develop smaller, local 5G networks, which data-hungry advancements like autonomous vehicles have to be able to operate more effectively.
Everybody is asking for 5G, he said. That’s an extraordinary amount] of power as well as bandwidth, which is a capacity-hungry idea.