Science, politics and the optics of broadband

From 2.5 Gbps in 1990 to 400G in 2012, the optical technology keeps getting better. Good news for Internet. What's bad is that our access to the Internet remains in control of oligopolies who are the real gatekeepers of our broadband future, not science or technology.…

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Faster networks anyone? IBM pops optics on conventional silicon chips.

Figuring out how to bring the speed of light to communications on chips, between chips and everywhere has been an overarching goal of semiconductor research. IBM says it is ready to bring a technology that puts optics and electronics on a chip using conventional manufacturing methods.…

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