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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1984
  • pp: 3465–3474

Architectural implications of a digital optical processor

B. K. Jenkins, P. Chavel, R. Forchheimer, A. A. Sawchuk, and T. C. Strand  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 19, pp. 3465-3474 (1984)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.23.003465


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Abstract

A general technique is described for implementing sequential logic circuits optically. In contrast with semiconductor integrated circuitry, optical logic systems allow very flexible interconnections between gates and between subsystems. Because of this, certain processing algorithms which do not map well onto semiconductor architectures can be implemented on the optical structure. The algorithms and processor architectures which can be implemented on the optical system depend on the interconnection technique. We describe three interconnection methods and analyze their advantages and limitations.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 6, 1984
Published: October 1, 1984

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B. K. Jenkins, P. Chavel, R. Forchheimer, A. A. Sawchuk, and T. C. Strand, "Architectural implications of a digital optical processor," Appl. Opt. 23, 3465-3474 (1984)
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