Ayar Labs Gets $2.5M to Go After Optical Chips for Data Centers

This startup sits at the intersection of electronics, optics, energy efficiency, and the Internet. It is where more than a decade of academic research meets a multibillion-dollar market. This is the story of Ayar Labs. The San Francisco startup, which has roots...

The chip that saw the light

Researchers have finally put electronic and photonic components on one chip. This could be a game-changer, says Michael Kassner Microprocessors can now see the light. A multi-university research team has combined electronics and photonics, putting 70 million...

Light-enabled Microprocessor Holds Promise for Faster Computers

Combining electronics and photonics on semiconductor microchips to speed data transmission isn’t a new idea – the potential for better performance and power reduction are enticing. However thorny manufacturing issues have so far limited widespread use of this...

Lighting up Data Centers with a New Kind of Chip

For years now, people have been watching efforts by Intel (INTC) and others to merge the world of computer chips with that of fast fiber-optic network communications. This afternoon, however, comes a fascinating description of a startup...

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