High-speed and low-power electro-optical DSP coprocessor

Dan E. Tamir, Natan T. Shaked, Peter J. Wilson, Shlomi Dolev

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A fast, power-efficient electro-optical vector-by-matrix multiplier (VMM) architecture is presented. Careful design of an electrical unit supporting high-speed data transfer enables this architecture to overcome bottlenecks encountered by previous VMM architectures. Based on the proposed architecture, we present an electro-optical digital signal processing (DSP) coprocessor that can achieve a significant speedup of 2-3 orders of magnitude over existing DSP technologies and execute more than 16 teraflops. We show that it is feasible to implement the system using off-the-shelf components, analyze the performance of the architecture with respect to primitive DSP operations, and detail the use of the new architecture for several DSP applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A11-A20
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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