B.U. Grad Discusses a Faster Future With Photonics

Published 04/17 2014 04:01PM

Updated 04/17 2014 05:16PM

A SUNY Binghamton grad and Endicott native has returned home to share news about some exciting technological developments he's helping to pioneer.

Mario Paniccia works for Intel Corporation out in Silicon Valley, California. The 1988 graduate is the director of the Silicon Photonics Solutions Group at Intel.

He spoke before the Binghamton University Forum at the Binghamton Club today.

Paniccia is working on a faster interface between computers that uses silicon, fiber and laser beams to replace slower traditional copper wiring. He says the technology is already being implemented in large data centers with a goal of bringing it to consumer electronics.

"We're talking about 50 gigabytes per second, 100 gigabytes per second, terabyte per second capability. This is 100 times faster than anything that exists today," said Paniccia. "So think, in the future, I could give you a capability of 50 gigabytes per second, you can take a video stream or you can download an H-D movie from one device to another in less than a second."

Paniccia is one of 50 designated Intel Fellows at the company.

In 2008, he was named Scientist of the Year by R&D Magazine.

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