Teaming with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the APIC Corporation recently announced a scientific breakthrough that could lead to computer chips powered by light pulses rather than electronics. Photonic chips could offer greater performance at a small percentage of today's power usage. The team made germanium act as a laser, which means it could be used as the light source on a new generation of photon-powered computers. Photons use a fraction of the power currently needed and do not generate heat as electronic power, eliminating the current need to cool computers and data centers.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Eagan, Minnesota, was recently awarded a $7 million contract to design and develop highly integrated photonic devices for transition into current emerging tactical platforms for the U.S. Air Force and will develop key technology to overcome several of the existing constraints with respect to the integration and packaging of the current generation of photonic devices. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.