Processing at the Speed of Light

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  1. SimonV
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    [​IMG]<font size="3">Processing at the Speed of Light </font>

    Thanks to Tripwire45 for this article.

    HERZLIYA, Israel -- An Israeli startup has developed a processor that uses optics instead of silicon, enabling it to compute at the speed of light, the company said.

    Lenslet said its processor will enable new capabilities in homeland security and military, multimedia and communications applications.
    "Optical processing is a strategic competitive advantage for nations and companies," said Avner Halperin, vice president for business development at Lenslet. "Processing at the speed of light, you can have safer airports, autonomous military systems, high-definition multimedia broadcast systems and advanced next-generation communications systems."

    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. "It is an acceleration of 20 years in the development of digital hardware," Lenslet founder and Chief Executive Officer Aviram Sariel told Reuters.

    The processor performs 8 trillion operations per second, equivalent to a supercomputer and 1,000 times faster than standard processors, with 256 lasers performing computations at light speed.

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    1. kelton
      You're telling me my new pc is out of date already? Ok, how much does one of these babys cost? :onthePC
    2. tripwire45
      At this point I think it's a case of "if you have to ask, you can't afford it".
    3. Jakamoko
      Yeah, but can it play Space Invaders ??? :alien
    4. SimonV
      and will I have to type quicker :?:

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