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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 1998
  • pp: 284–295

Specification for a reconfigurable optoelectronic VLSI processor suitable for digital signal processing

Dietmar Fey, Bernd Kasche, Christian Burkert, and Oliver Tschäche  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 2, pp. 284-295 (1998)

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A concept for a parallel digital signal processor based on opticalinterconnections and optoelectronic VLSI circuits is presented. Itis shown that the proper combination of optical communication, architecture, and algorithms allows a throughput that outperformspurely electronic solutions. The usefulness of low-level algorithmsfrom the add-and-shift class is emphasized. These algorithms leadto fine-grain, massively parallel on-chip processor architectures withhigh demands for optical off-chip interconnections. A comparativeperformance analysis shows the superiority of a bit-serialarchitecture. This architecture is mapped onto an optoelectronicthree-dimensional circuit, and the necessary optical interconnectionscheme is specified.

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(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics

Dietmar Fey, Bernd Kasche, Christian Burkert, and Oliver Tschäche, "Specification for a reconfigurable optoelectronic VLSI processor suitable for digital signal processing," Appl. Opt. 37, 284-295 (1998)

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