The polariton laser: With 250x lower power consumption, could this be the answer to on-chip optical interconnects?

IBM's silicon nanophotonic modulator/photodetector chip, with integrated electrical components
Engineers at the University of Michigan and Intel have succeeded in creating the first practical, room-temperature polariton laser. The polariton laser is of extreme interest because it requires just 0.004% of the current required by normal lasers, making it a prime candidate for use with on-chip optical interconnects. It is also believed that the polariton laser is the first new practical method of producing coherent laser light since the laser diode debuted more than 50 years ago in 1962.