Researchers Have Developed a Photonic Based Chipset Breakthrough

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    The next generation of computer technology has officially been born. The combined efforts of researchers at University of Colorado Boulder, University of California, Berkeley, and MIT have had a breakthrough in modern computer chipset technology. They have developed a working chipset that is primarily based upon photonics instead of electronics.

    To distill that down, their new chipset uses light rays to transmit data instead of electricity. The advantage of using photons instead of electrons is that you can move larger amounts of data more quickly while using far less power at the same time. Here's a quote with more of the details,

    Obviously, this breakthrough is still years away from an actual working consumer product, but it's always exciting to see what intriguing new ways that creative engineers can figure out how to break reality!

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    Could be the tech that makes phones become true pocket pc's, because that huge reduction in power means a lot less heat generated, as well.

    Get wireless/bluetooth tech up to par and we'll just be buying dummy laptops and tablets with the phone doing all the work.

    And then the entire pricing model is turned on its head. ORRRRRRR the carriers will block us from using that feature without paying thru the nose.
     
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    I'm curious as to what kind of price tag they will come with.

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    at first an astronomical one, after the corporations have artificially kept the prices inflated they'll drop it.
     
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    this tech is hit-and-miss as too how long it takes to come to market...sometimes it happens surprisingly fast, sometimes it remains perma-vaporware.

    combine this, also, with development in ram that can remember data just like memory storage and we will have massive capabilities = superfast cpu, virtually no heat, and 256GB+ of ram that doubles as storage.

    just look at how far mobile has come in less than 10 years, or even computing in general over the past 15-20 and think where we can be in another 10-20 years.
     
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    Equipment like this would also help extend our woefully inadequate battery tech.

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    We'll also have to wait a few extra years for the tech to come to phones while manufacturers decide how to trickle out the tech to bleed us for upgrades. Gen 1 will be inexplicably slow and underpowered, Gen 2 will lack sufficient ram, and Gen 3 could be obsolete with the launch of 5G.
     
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    Anybody know if this utilized the new LiFi tech?
     
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    Was going to mention this last night.
    It won't be long until we're all using Minority Report type pc's and smartphones.
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