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November 22, 2017
Computer Chips use light instead of electricity

A research team at Exeter University, UK, developed photonic computer chips that use light instead of electricity to simulate the operation of brain synapses.
Daniel C. Wright, one of the scientists of the Exeter team, said, “Electronic computers are relatively slow, and the faster we make them the more they consume. Conventional computers are also pretty “dumb”, with none of the in-built learning and parallel processing capabilities of the human brain. We tackle both of these issues here - not only by developing new brain-like computer architectures, but also by working in the optical domain to leverage the huge speed and power advantages of the upcoming silicon photonics revolution.”

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