The applicability of lasers to the logic, memory, input-output, and data transmission linkages portions of computers are analyzed qualitatively. The more promising potential applications are considered to lie in the memory, interconnection, and input-output areas, and the least promising in the fast logic area. Coherent optical data preprocessing is cited as an example of an already clearly useful laser application.
© 1966 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 7, 1966
Published: October 1, 1966
William V. Smith, "Computer Applications of Lasers," Appl. Opt. 5, 1533-1538 (1966)