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Nano device promises ultra-fast graphics on gaming consoles

Nano device promises ultra-fast graphics on gaming consoles

Professor Dragomir Neshev working on the device in the lab.

An international team of scientists led by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility, has designed a new nano device that promises ultra-fast rendering of high-definition graphics on gaming consoles.

ARC-funded researcher, Professor Dragomir Neshev, a senior researcher at The Australian National University, said the invention could also aid high-performance computers used to create animations and special effects.

"One of the big problems that gamers encounter is sluggish game play, which our nano device could greatly improve by speeding up the exchange of data between the multiple processors in the console," said Professor Neshev from the Nonlinear Physics Centre within the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering.

Professor Neshev said the researchers used a tiny antenna which is 100 times thinner than a human hair to transmit and route telecom signals from the air into different directions in an optical wire, for the first time.  

"We are the first to make a tiny optical nano-antenna device with the ability to sort and route ultra-fast bit-rate telecommunication signals," he said. "We were able to shrink the optical components to bridge the size mismatch with today’s ever-smaller electronic parts."  

The research has been published in Science Advances.

Media issued by The Australian National University.

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