"Light" chips win science award

A scientist who helped develop special computer chips that use light to move data, has won a leading engineering award. Professor Graham Trevor Reed from the University of Southampton won […]

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A scientist who helped develop special computer chips that use light to move data, has won a leading engineering award.

Professor Graham Trevor Reed from the University of Southampton won the Crompton Medal for Energy, at the Institute of Engineering and Technology Achievement Awards.

Professor Reed will receive the honour for his work for in the field of silicon photonics. It’s a branch of science where light is used to transfer data on microchips instead of electricity.

It works in a similar way to fibre optics but in silicon photonics the light moves through optical circuits printed on special computer chips.

The research could eventually lead to more efficient connections between microprocessor cores in supercomputers, making them faster and reducing energy use.

The award ceremony will take place in November.