Fecal bacteria can transfer a burst in data that is transmitted from a light source to a processor in the processor, or from the processor to the light source, in a matter of minutes, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California at Davis.
The researchers say the technology could be applied to other uses that require data to be sent quickly, such as electronic data storage.
They presented their findings in the journal Applied Physics Letters.
The researchers report their findings this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“If the processor can be configured to transmit data in bursts, the system can potentially transmit data at high speed for longer periods of time than a standard fiber optic link,” said study leader Andrew E. Lesh, professor of computer science and engineering.
“The potential for faster data transmission has tremendous potential for increased reliability and increased cost.”
Lesh said the researchers were using a laser to transmit the data from a LED, which is a bright white light, to a high-powered laser.
The researchers said that laser could be used to transmit a burst at the rate of about 1 megabits per second.
A standard fiber optical cable carries data at about 100 kilobits per cent capacity.