- Dec 31, 1969
IBM Researchers have published a paper demonstrating how photons that represent data traveling in a processor can be slowed down .
Intel, IBM and relative newcomers such as Primarion and Luxtera are trying to devise ways to replace the metal cables that connect chips inside computers, as well as wire connections inside chips, with optical components. Optical technology consumes much less energy. Plus, it doesn't generate heat, and it can transfer signals faster than metal wires.