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March 20, 2015

Computers to benefit from honeycomb data transfer device

Data transmission speed up to a thousand times faster than current systems.

By CBR Staff Writer

Researchers have introduces an effective way to transmit data in a faster manner on electronic circuit boards, by using light through a device that looks like a honeycomb.

The research was conducted at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Researchers have created a device which is capable of manoeuvring light beams around tighter curves with the integrity and intensity of the beam intact.

According to the researchers, conventional light waveguides, like optical fibres, can be used to steer lights, but the turns on the circuit board has to be gradual; otherwise light beams would escape and energy will be lost.

However, with the plastic devices, steering the light beam around corners becomes eerier and can be done without any energy loss.

The researchers highlighted that usage of light beams instead of electrical signals will improve the data transmission speed up to thousand times, which could be a significant breakthrough for present microchip and computer manufacturers.

According to the reports, the demand for smaller and faster computers and hand-held devices are increasing and engineers are looking for ways to place ultra-fast data-transmission devices into smaller spaces.

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UTEP electrical and computer engineering professor Raymond Rumpf said: "Computer chips and circuit boards have metal wire connections within them that transport data signals.

"One of challenges when using light is figuring out a way to make tight bends so we can replace the metal wiring more effectively."

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