The "miracle material" Graphene offers the promise of significantly faster data transmission.

The “miracle material” Graphene offers the promise of significantly faster data transmission. Smartplanet reports:

Scientists developed a graphene modulator that could increase the speed of digital communication and change the way we watch TV on our phones. If the graphene-based technology is used in consumer electronics, it means 3-D movies like Avatar would stream straight to your smartphone instantly.

The researchers at University of California, Berkeley built a tiny optical device that uses graphene to switch light on and off. The switch controls the speed of data transmission: The faster the pulses of light, the faster the data is sent out. So far, the researchers report speeds of 1 gigahertz, but think it’s possible for the modulator to go as high as 500 gigahertz.

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