Intel reaches silicon laser device breakthrough

Posted on Wednesday, February 16 2005 @ 21:08 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel said it has developed a technology to create single chip silicon laser devices. These devices use the natural atomic vibrations in silicon to amplify light - also called the Raman effect.
Paniccia claimed this effect is over 10,000 times stronger in silicon than in glass fibre.

What's also interesting is that once Intel begins to ramp up laser silicon, it doesn't need to use brand new fabs - and the cost will be much lower than photonic devices using a combination of complex packaging, expensive processing, and rare materials.
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