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Long-Sought Laser? Standard microchips may gain speedy optical connections

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2:09pm, September 20, 2006

Even with fast personal computers, Internet goodies such as videos and podcasts often download at sluggish speeds. Now, an advance in laser technology promises to eliminate those and other nagging computer delays, its developers say.

Engineers have long known how to wipe out such delays: Outfit ordinary computers with circuitry that sends and receives data as modulations of light rather than as electricity. Optical connections—those used for long-distance telecommunications, for instance—carry far more data than the metal wires that form short-range connections between computers, circuit boards

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