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Design And Performance Of A Dynamically-Programmable High-Precision Threshold Gate
Author(s): R. Arrathoon; M. H. Hassoun
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Paper Abstract

The design and implementation of a high-precision, high fan-in, optoelectronic threshold gate is discussed. The device is entirely digital. It is capable of altering its internal weights and function dynamically to provide the equivalent of a programmable gate. External circuitry has been specially designed to provide intrinsic control variables, as well as ordinary input variables. A distinction between extrinsic control variables and intrinsic control variables is presented. Analogies to the operation of a central processing unit are considered. Physical fabrication details and operating characteristics at ten million instructions per second are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0752, Digital Optical Computing, (11 August 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.939920
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R. Arrathoon, Wayne State University (United States)
M. H. Hassoun, Wayne State University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0752:
Digital Optical Computing
Raymond Arrathoon, Editor(s)

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