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December 8, 2008

Intel Cites Advance in Using Silicon in Data Products; Claim Is Challenged

Don Clark

Intel Corp. is claiming another advance in creating optical communications components from silicon, an effort designed to reduce the cost and increase the speed of transmitting computer data. The company said it combined silicon — the low-cost foundation for most computer chips — with the element germanium to make a device called an avalanche photo detector that achieved record performance. Intel said the development marks the first time that a silicon-based optical component exceeded the performance of an equivalent device made from more costly conventional materials, such as indium phosphide.

Full story at The Wall Street Journal