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Old 02-07-2010, 05:39 PM   #1
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ScienceDaily: Your source for the latest research news and science breakthroughs --

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ScienceDaily (Feb. 5, 2010) MIT researchers have demonstrated the first laser built from germanium that can produce wavelengths of light useful for optical communication. It's also the first germanium laser to operate at room temperature. Unlike the materials typically used in lasers, germanium is easy to incorporate into existing processes for manufacturing silicon chips. So the result could prove an important step toward computers that move data -- and maybe even perform calculations -- using light instead of electricity. But more fundamentally, the researchers have shown that, contrary to prior belief, a class of materials called indirect-band-gap semiconductors can yield practical lasers.
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There's a lot more in the article, but this first section pretty much gives the jist of it.

I'm wondering is if they start using light instead of electricity does that mean that more powerful cpus can be made and use less power.
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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My future pc will run off a torch.
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:18 AM   #3
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doesn't it already do that? besides, whale oil is the way to go. You and your primitive torch.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:46 PM   #4
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Fuck that, liquid nitrogen is the way to go.
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