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Revolutionary New Electro-Optic Processor

  1. Jan 3, 2004 #1
    Micro-processor technology is growing very rapidly now. The following is an example of one such project that will soon revolutionize our world.

    http://israel21c.com/bin/en.jsp?enD...logy&enDispWho=Articles^l528&enPage=BlankPage

     
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  3. Jan 4, 2004 #2

    enigma

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    Very interresting.

    I trimmed down the length of the quote. It's a copyright violation to post the whole page.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2004 #3
    Very suspicious. Sounds like a fraud to me.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2004 #4
    Originally posted by enigma

    Very interresting.

    I trimmed down the length of the quote. It's a copyright violation to post the whole page.


    Actually it is not a copyright violation to repost an open access site when no reuse of the article is made for profit or used as one's original ideas in book or thesis form. Also note that the article has a provision for 'e-mailing the entire article to a friend.'

    This state of technology also approaches the construct of irreducible complexity. The concept that computer functions can eventually operate at the speed of light is beyond imagination.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/10/31/israel.lenslet.reut/

    To see the entire Lenslet Enlight256 article, take a look at the product tab at the following site. You can even see a demo of the product by clicking on the tab at the bottom of the page.

    http://www.lenslet.com/products.asp

    It seems that wimms doubts the evolutionary technology jump in the "fixed-point processor which is comprised of three elements: a Vector Matrix Multiplier (VMM) capable of performing vector-matrix operations at a rate of up to 8000 Giga MAC operations per second; a Vector Processor Unit (VPU) capable of performing 128 Giga operations per second and an industry standard DSP (TI TMS320C64xx) for control and scalar processing (SPU)."

    What's next......
     
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  6. Jan 4, 2004 #5

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    I wouldn't go that far, but I'm the skeptical type as well. I'll wait until I see some independent info before buying any stock.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2004 #6
    Originally posted by russ_watters

    I wouldn't go that far, but I'm the skeptical type as well. I'll wait until I see some independent info before buying any stock.

    You are correct in your skepticism about computing at the speed of the photon's timescale. I'm still waiting for more independent corroboration before accepting Newton's laws of gravity and linear motion.

    But it is exciting to think about such a magnificent concept in our time span.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2004 #7
    onycho, I think you've misunderstood why I'm skeptical. Its not about technology, but how it surfaced..

    Israel is generally over the average militarised country, where any military advantage is carefully looked after.
    Said breakthrough, if true, could cause very significant advantage, thus normal would be that it were strictly classified, or announced by scientists from some other country. Instead its announced in military exhibit, flat out.
    Products from that area often consist of 30% of lies, 30% of bad implementations, 40% of investment offers..

    If it were true, we'd be bound to see 6 orders of magnitude increase in processing power on our PCs in 5-10 years. Thats way over realistic estimates. Somethings fishy in the number. We don't have even technology to feed such beast with numbers to work on at any comparable rate.

    Basically dudes from forest come and say they beat all well financed giants, just because of "adventurous, original and different thinking". Yeah..

    Key phrase imo is this: "Lenslet has raised $27.5 million so far from such investors as Goldman Sachs, Walden VC, Germany's Star Ventures and Chicago-based JK&B Capital." Thats what they are after, imo.

    As to magnificent concept, fully agree, we'll see interesting things in our lifetime.
     
  9. Jan 5, 2004 #8

    Njorl

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    Actually, those jumps in processing power have been predicted for optical computing for well over ten years. They are not out of line. The only reason that we haven't seen a big push for this tech before is that there was not enough of a need for the power. The few industries that use that much processing power always found it more economical to just use big electronic computers.
    Cutting edge optoelectronic tech is almost always developed at small companies. Generally, a professor or two has a marketable idea, he puts his best grad students on it for their thesis work, and if it pans out, they form a small company. If they are profitable, they add a few people and pursue other ideas.

    Lenslet is not "dudes from the forest". Their budget runs at about one million dollars per man-year. That is about 2-3 times the amount Lucent spends at its labs. (Before you sign up for grad school, little of that is salary, it is mostly lab expenses)

    One thing is very "mockable" though. Their "adventurous, original and different thinking" has been the approach worked on by numerous labs for many years.

    Njorl
     
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  11. Jan 5, 2004 #10
    Easy, guys, no need to convert me. If I'm wrong, VERY fine. I am "just" suspicious.
    Just one thing to think about, high-tech venture capital fraud is not that uncommon.
     
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