The computing industry is constantly on the hunt for higher speed for both data storage and data transfer. Taking advantage of the technology development that is persistently on the rise, the industry was able to overcome an enormous obstacle such as not being dependent on the conventional form of energy, and instead it started simply operating on a source of light.
This is not the first trial to make a much faster and more energy efficient computer, but previous experiments were known to result in a much shorter life span, and weren’t considered very practical since it relied on a continuous supply of light in order for it to operate properly.
Professor Bhaskaran at University of Oxford who is also a Nano-engineering expert has indicated more advantages in shifting to this innovative stage. These benefits are a result of the change in material characteristics known as the phase change material (PCM).
PCM is capable of storing and releasing an immense amount of energy by absorbing heat and releasing it while the material transforms from a solid state to a liquid state, and vice versa. This technically occurs by light pulses targeting the PCM to convert the material from solid (atoms are arranged in a more organized or crystalline manner) to liquid (atoms are arranged in an amorphous manner).
Another PCM element shows that by controlling the source of light, the material can be converted into a mixed state (hybrid of crystalline & amorphous orientation). This basically means more memory storage since more information can be transferred into the same capacity.
This concept could possibly require an extensive amount of time and further research to have it prepared to be used on a mass scale and launched into the market. Having that said, this fresh technology could be used to enhance data centers’ performance in the near future. This has greatly encouraged giant companies in the telecommunications industry to start accepting the challenge to adapt to a more performance and energy efficient progression.