Intel Labs researchers say they have achieved an important new step in developing silicon photonics, the ability to transmit data using light. A paper published in Nature Photonics details Intel researchers’ efforts to develop a silicon-based avalanche photodetector, or APD, a sensor that detects and amplifies light signals. Intel says this type of avalanche photodetector offers greater bandwidth and amplification abilities than conventional photodetectors. At the same time, Intel is looking for less expensive ways to build these types of photodetectors.
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