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Integration and packaging of optical components such as laser sources, multiplexers, detectors and modulators into a single chip are ushering in a new era of communications to 100 Gbps and beyond.

VALERIE C. COFFEY, SCIENCE WRITER, [email protected]

Today’s data centers deliver millions of services, processing terabytes of data per second around the world for billions of devices. Considering the volume, it’s amazing that we ever have a signal. As the need for connectivity increases, data centers are under constant pressure to add more and more massive racks of servers and fiber optic interconnects, which takes money and time, energy and real estate. The demand for large-scale cloud computing and ever-faster processing is growing so fast that network traffic in data centers is doubling every twelve months, according to...Read full article

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