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Digital optical computer fundamentals, implementation, and ultimate limits
Author(s): P. S. Guilfoyle
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Paper Abstract

Previous optical computing schemes offered analog or quasi-digital accuracies with a single fixed primitive. This paper describes how programmable, arbitrary bit length all digital Central Processing Unit (CPU) computations are now possible by using control logic to compute ALU primitives for emulating a general purpose programmable computer. These primitives are then executed sequentially in order to calculate 32 bit or larger primitives. This paper innitially discusses the theoretical background which addresses Shannon's expansion theorem, Morozov's control operator method, coupled with DeMorgan's laws. These three ingredients are then mapped onto current optical computer hardware technology using laser diode arrays, multichannel acousto-optic spatial light modulators, and avalanche photodiode arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 January 1990
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 10257, Digital Optical Computing: A Critical Review, 102570G (16 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.2283580
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P. S. Guilfoyle, OptiComp Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10257:
Digital Optical Computing: A Critical Review
R. Athale, Editor(s)

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