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Design of digital optical processors
Author(s): John Fraser Snowdon; Alex Kashko; Brian S. Wherrett
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Paper Abstract

Optical cellular logic and extended-interconnect cellular logic processor architectures are described. Simulations, tolerance studies and circuit construction are used to advance both device technology and architectural thinking. Benchmarking against electronic distributed array processors leads to an optical non-locally interconnected, off-chip scheme with local electronic connections between smart pixels, unless ultra-low switching energy all-optical components can be fabricated. Fundamental limits to optical bistability do not rule out the latter possibility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 January 1993
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1772, Optical Information Processing Systems and Architectures IV, (12 January 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.140919
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John Fraser Snowdon, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Alex Kashko, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Brian S. Wherrett, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1772:
Optical Information Processing Systems and Architectures IV
Bahram Javidi, Editor(s)

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