Local scientist revolutionizes technology for communications

By Kelly McCarthy

April 17, 2014 Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Imagine pulling out your smart phone or a tablet device and downloading a movie in less than a second. That kind of technology could soon be available to people thanks to the work of a local scientist.

Mario Paniccia grew up in Endicott, went to Binghamton University and is now back home to speak to members of the Binghamton University Forum.

Now he lives in 'Silicon Valley' California working for Intel.

Paniccia came back home to explain his research on Silicon Photonics.

Silicon Photonics takes the old method of transferring data through copper wire or optical fibers and including light and lasers to transfer that data even faster. Which would mean silicon photonics has the potential to transfer massive amounts of data at the speed of light.

"At a terabit per second, which we're talking about in the next couple of years," Panniccia said. "You're talking about two or three seasons of HD TV that you can download or move in less than a second."

Paniccia and his team at Intel have been working on this technology for more than 10 years and now it's being released to the data centers for testing.

He expects the technology to reach consumers within five years.