A firm headed by an Indian American Dr. Birendra Raj (Dutt) has claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in Physics which will profoundly change the IT world and cut down ever-rising demand for power in computing. The breakthrough by the entrepreneur Dr. Dutt, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and the CEO of APIC Corporation, in collaboration with a team of researchers at his own company; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University will result in computer chips offering much greater performance at a small fraction of current power usage.
The core of this breakthrough is to get the element Germanium to act as a laser, for use as a light source on a new generation of mass produced silicon semiconductor chips using light particles or photons, instead of electronics for its functions- i.e. photonic chips.
Dr. Dutt and APIC have teamed with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in New York State (CNSE), with a plan of producing a fully manufacturable photonic chip in two years using this technology. "Both the scientific community and industry have been waiting for a breakthrough like this and I am extremely proud of my team. But I am most excited about the practical effect on the world. We will now be able to use photons for many of the information functions that electrons have performed on silicon computer chips, drastically reducing their power consumption while supercharging their performance. This could contribute immensely to India's efforts to put make online services widely available for the public, and especially in isolated areas," Dr. Dutt said.