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optical computer

n.
A computer that uses holograms for compact data storage and laser beams for connections. Most optical computers use electronic components for computation.
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The principle and structure of TOC make its application characteristics different from that of the electronic computers--one is that there are a number of data-bits in ternary optical computer, which can be allocated based on bits; the other is its bitwise reconfiguration that any part of the data width in optical processor can be constructed as a ternary logical calculus according to the calculation requirements (Shen, 2010).
This optical processor was developed over the past three years by researchers, scientists and engineers supported by a group of international professors from the realms of optics, physics and signal processing.
An optical processor is a digital signal processor (DSP) with an optical accelerator attached to it that enables it to perform functions at very high speeds.
4 M task under the contract to design a next generation Advanced Optical Processor (AOP) demonstration unit during the next 12 months for the US Missile Defense Agency.
Dowslake Microsystems, a pioneer of intelligent optical subsystems, has unveiled its Programmable Optical Processor (POP) platform.
But that could change, thanks to the Photorefractive Liquid Crystal Optical Processor from researchers at DOE's Argonne (Ill.
Keep in mind that the Wright brothers' first airplane (to which the Huang optical processor can be compared) carried only one passenger.
Signal compatibility, however, is an obstacle to applying the Bell research to existing fiber-optic networks, because the optical processor uses light with a wavelength of slightly less than a micron while fiber-optics uses light with a wavelength of between one and two microns.
In 1990, scientists at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, unveiled the world's first digital optical processor.
Such an optical processor would have two-dimensional architecture similar to that used in today's electronic microchips.
Because Guilfoyle's optical processor relies on an electronic computer for its instructions, DOC2 will only be able to operate for a few hundred microseconds before it shuts down and processes a new command.
This type of optical processor is made of bulk wave quartz crystal.