OptiBit’s product brings the high bandwidth and energy efficiency of fiber optics to computer chips, helping data centers keep up with ballooning volumes of electronic information while saving energy. | Photo courtesy of OptiBit

OptiBit won first prize Monday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Clean Energy Prize Grand Finals in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the final regional contest in the Energy Department’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (NCEBPC).

The student-led team has developed a novel approach to helping data centers keep up with ballooning volumes of electronic information while saving energy. OptiBit’s product brings the high bandwidth and energy efficiency of fiber optics to computer chips, using a drop-in phototonics hardware solution with 10 times more throughput, two times lower latency, and 95% less energy use than the current copper-based technology…

Read more at Energy.gov

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