Physicist Dr. Uriel Levy and his team at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) have created a major breakthrough after three years of research. They have moved another step closer toward terahertz microchips that will allow computers and all optical communication devices to operate 100 times faster.
Scalability and overheating are the two major challenges that plague terahertz microchips. However, researchers have created a proof of concept that breaks down those barriers. They were able to integrate optic communication’s speed with the reliability and scalability of electronics for an optic technology.
Using a metal-oxide-nitride-oxide silicon (MONOS) structure, the team developed an integrated circuit based on flash memory technology in microchips.
"This discovery could help fill the 'THz gap' and create new and more powerful wireless devices that could transmit data at significantly higher speeds than currently possible. In the world of high-tech advances, this is game-changing technology," says Dr. Levy.
Meir Grajower, the leading HU Ph.D. student on the project, adds, "It will now be possible to manufacture any optical device with the precision and cost-effectiveness of flash technology.”
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