The device sounds like it's going to be valuable, should it ever reach commercial viability. Having a movie on my smartphone, however, is just about the last thing in the world I would want, whether or not it arrives in seconds or years.
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Interesting article on this use for graphene. The statement "Today, optical modulators are used to speed communications by using electrical signals to switch a laser on and off" was confusing at first until reading further indicated that the author was referring to switching the optical path on and off, not the electrical current to the laser itself.
As for the bit rate, this sounds like a first cut. 1Gb/s now, 500Gb/s later after more research and improvement.
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I, for one, do not want a smarphone that is tethered with a fiber optic cable. [p]Why do these releases always have to dumb down to the point of being just plain ridiculous in their grasp for relevance? It would have sufficed to say "DSL" instead of "smartphone". [/p] [p]One more thing: 1GHz (500MB/s) is a joke - we were already there in 1989....we're at 100Gb/s SHIPPING commercially now kids. "Can", "might", and "should" are for comic books.
I have been following the various articles on graphene for the past year. It is truly an amazing material holding great promise in the electronics field.
A 500GHz data path per user over a wireless cell phone network? Now that would be something to see - no pun intended.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 24 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...