This is only my opinion, but I don't think this has any effect on IQE's business at the moment but in the future this is a huge opportunity! It's what IQE have been waiting for! A time when computers use light to transmit data rather than copper wires! At the moment a computers processor is made from silicon( not a very good conductor compared to compound semiconductors) connected by copper wires. If this processor was an optical processor it would be like finding the 'holy grail' Data could be transferred literally in the blink of an eye! Imagine wanting to download every album ever recorded, or every movie ever made in the blink of an eye.........it would be possible if computers had optical processors connected by optical cables! Everything running at 'the speed of light' I say it's what IQE have been waiting for because Compound Semiconductors will need to replace 'silicon chips' which will be yesterday's technology!
Times article today
http://optalysys.com/technology/watch-video/ I wonder how this will affect us ? Can anyone shed more light on this ? Pardon the pun i wonder if there is opportunity for our VCSEL ? Do not have enough today to review we all could do with doing some more research here on this one or could someone email Drew Nelson below is from our annual results optical interconnects Currently, wired data transmission in the home, the office and in data centres is largely undertaken using copper cables. However, data traffic is growing at an explosive rate due to technologies such as high definition imaging, video streaming, “Big Data” and cloud computing. This phenomenon is necessitating a switch from copper wires to optical communication. This is a natural evolution which mirrors the transformation that has already taken place in the telecoms infrastructure. Optical interconnects offer significantly higher-speed data transfers over much longer distances than their copper counterparts, and are much more efficient. Data centres have become major consumers of electrical energy, rivalling traditional heavy industries in terms of the power requirements needed to keep large warehouses full of servers operating and cooled. It is therefore of little surprise that enterprises such as data centres are amongst the first adopters, where optical technology now offers both higher performance and lower overall operating cost compared with copper. A number of contract wins for both production and development contracts were announced during 2014.
On Radio 4
Jeez we have been talking about this for 7 years I guess waiting another 5 cant be to bad. He talks about Saudies having an integrated solar power industry from sand to power........so I wonder if we fit in to this ?? ........I believe they plan on having a combination 1) Solar power production with steam turbines onto generators.........expensive surely (they have some of that already) 2) PV Solar........straight off the photovoltaic cell into the grid. In 5 years time that Gigantic Teslar Li battery plant should be supplying the world with domestic power storage batteries to store for the dark periods. Hydrogen storage ?? I wouldn't want it. So 5 years time !!!! C'mon get a move on place the order or buy us out. ..........£1.00 or £2.00
Excellent post positron !! Thanks Instability of organic materials can be remedied I guess. ??? Billions going into pv solar.........there has to be something in it for us (IQE) or is Nelson just not up to the business end of things. ?? We could always pay someone to do it .........a few more million ........
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