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Photonic processor by a UK startup

Date: 01/08/2014
The processor which used light instead of electrons is been developed by a UK based tech startup called Optalysys. Optalysys said it is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor.

The advantages of optical processor is its ability to do exascale computing on a standard-sized desktop computer.

The proof-of-concept demo the company is planning in the month of Jan 2015. The demo to run at over 340 gigaFLOPS.

Optalysys' optical processor uses principles of diffractive and Fourier optics to calculate the same processor intensive mathematical functions used in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and pattern recognition.

It is said to use low power lasers and high resolution liquid crystal micro-displays to do computation at speed of light. This device is also said to have a low running cost of just 2,100 per annum.