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Motivation for DOC III: 64-bit digital optical computer
Author(s): Peter S. Guilfoyle
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Paper Abstract

This paper suggests a new class of digital logic. OptiComp has focused on a digital optical logic family in order to capitalize on the inherent benefits of optical computing, which include (1) high FAN-IN and FAN-OUT, (2) low power consumption, (3) high noise margin, (4) high algorithmic efficiency using 'smart' interconnects, (5) free space leverage of GIBP (gate interconnect bandwidth product). Other well-known secondary advantages of optical logic include (but are not limited to) zero capacitive loading of signals at a detector, zero cross-talk between signals, zero signal dispersion, minimal clock skew (a few picoseconds or less in an imaging system). The primary focus of this paper is to demonstrate how each of the five advantages can be used to leverage other logic family performance such as GaAs; the secondary attributes will be discussed only in the context of introducing the DOC III architecture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1505, Optics for Computers: Architectures and Technologies, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.47025
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Peter S. Guilfoyle, OptiComp Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1505:
Optics for Computers: Architectures and Technologies
Guy J. Lebreton, Editor(s)

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