New innovation centre here to give firms access to technology that transmits data using light (The Straits Times)
Palomar Technologies's new Innovation Centre gives manufacturing firms access to, among other things, research and low-volume prototyping for the assembly of devices that enable IoT and 5G wireless networks.
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SINGAPORE - Photonics, the science behind how light transmits data, is already in use here in fibre optic cables that provide people with Internet connection, but its potential is huge, said American firm Palomar Technologies.
Think smart refrigerators tapping Internet of Things (IOT) technology to remind you that milk is running low, and 5G wireless network that allows movies to be streamed to your phone. These emerging technologies will need bandwidth wide enough for them to all run fast.
Enter photons - the essential means to transmit greater volumes of data generated by millions of devices at high speed over vast distances.
By 2025, over 75 billion IoT devices will be connected to networks with data transferred at 100 times the speed of today, said Palomar Technologies.
“The rise of IoT in our homes and cities requires the need for higher data transfer speeds, increased computing power, and more efficient capacity handling, while photonic devices must be smaller in size and more sustainable – thereby transforming the core of technology development,” the firm said.
On Tuesday (Nov 27), it launched an Innovation Centre – located at Tradehub 21 in Jurong – to give manufacturing firms access to, among other things, research and low-volume prototyping for the assembly of devices that enable IoT and 5G wireless networks.
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