Photonic Integrated Circuits: The impact of an exponentially growing technology

International Year of Light Blog

You might not have heard of them: photonic integrated circuits, or optical chips. But that is about to change. Over the last decade this technology has reached commercial maturity and is now enabling high-bandwidth and energy-efficient transceivers, far over one terabit per second, in our telecom networks and in our datacenters. Why should we care about this? What makes this technology different from so many other technologies that are out there?

Heck_1 Evolution of number of components in optical chips over the last 30 years.

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