Israeli Breakthrough Brings Computing at the Speed of Light Within Reach

Hebrew University researchers have made a breakthrough in fiber-optic  technology that will enable computers to operate at significantly faster speeds. Progress in developing this terahertz technology has been impeded by challenges relating to overheating and scalability, but the team from the Nano-opto Group at the university has developed a proof of concept for a new optical technology using a metal-nitride- silicon-nitride (MONOS) structure to create a new integrated circuit that uses flash technology. The technology has the capacity to accelerate the computer processing capabilities of a standard 8-16 GHz a hundred times over, and equip all optical devices, such as the internet, text messages, cloud technology, and datacenters, with the precision and cost- effectiveness of flash technology.