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Data Demands Drive Free-Space Optics

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Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor, [email protected]

Light-based options promise to pick up where radio-frequency technology leaves off. In wireless communications, things are getting crowded. Growing data demands are bumping up against radio frequency capacity. In response, researchers and companies are looking into using infrared, visible and ultraviolet light to provide point-to-point communication through air, space and water. The connection can function indoors and out, between chips, around the Earth or across the solar system. The technology has low power requirements and offers high capacity and resistance to electromagnetic...Read full article

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