New Intel chip transmits data using light beams

July 28, 2010 10:10:22 AM PDT
Santa-Clara based Intel says it has made a breakthrough that could revolutionize the way personal computers and other high-tech gadgets communicate.

Intel says it has made the first chip that sends and receives information using beams of light. Intel says the prototype "photonic processor" can move 100 hours of digital music or 45 million tweets from one device to another in one second.

However, the chip will not be on the market for another five years.