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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Radium, May 24, 2007.

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  1. Radium

    Radium Guest

    Do you think the heat generated and power requirements will decrease
    when photonic chips are available?

    AFAIK, photonic circuits produce less heat than electric circuits.
    However I am aware that even when photonics becomes the norm [i.e. if
    is does], electricity will still be necessary for power supply.

    I am thinking of a purely optical computer that is powered by a main
    400 nm laser. The main laser if of course powered by electricity.

    This optical PC contains 400 nm lasers but no LEDs. AFAIK, lasers tend
    to be more efficient that LEDs.

    So do you think a chip based on lasers - instead of electricity - can
    be as real-time, hardware, and digital as possible while using the
    least amount of buffering required [hopefully none] and experiencing
    the least amount of latency possible [again, hopefully none] and at
    the same time being high-speed not getting hot enough to need any
    cooling equipment?

    I think it would be easier to do this in photonics that electronics.
    Since electronics seem to easily overheat.
     
  2. Bob Myers

    Bob Myers Guest

    If you can describe just what you mean by "photonic
    chips" and the principles on which such things might
    operate, then maybe that question would be more readily
    answered.

    Bob M.
     
  3. SteveH

    SteveH Guest

    Or he could just stop talking bollocks
     

  4. He would implode. Do you have any idea what kind of mess that would
    make?


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  5. Any photonic "memory cell" in your design?

    Just asking

    Stanislaw
     
  6. Radium

    Radium Guest

    An electronic chip uses electricity for storage, recording, playback,
    transmission, reception, and processing of signals.

    A photonic chip uses monochromatic light [hopefully in the form of
    lasers] for storage, recording, playback, transmission, reception, and
    processing of signals.

    The problem is, how to store photons?
     
  7. MooseFET

    MooseFET Guest

    No, I disagree. He would explode. It would be an exothermic BS
    reaction making more heat than light.
     
  8. Klaus Fehrle

    Klaus Fehrle Guest

    Holografic memory?

    Regards
    Klaus
     
  9. MooseFET

    MooseFET Guest


    Storing photons directly requires crystals that are supercooled. This
    isn't very practical. You really just want to store the information
    it contains.

    Far less than half the atoms you were made from 10 years ago are still
    in your body. You are still you, however. You are the information
    encoded in those atoms not the atoms. The same is true of software.
    It is not the electrons of photons. It is the bits.
     

  10. Silver Indium Antimony Tellurium alloy?


    martin
     
  11. Donald

    Donald Guest

    Yes, but this is a write _only_ solution.

    donald
     

  12. I was talking about his vacuum packed head imploding.


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  13. krw

    krw Guest

    Don't know about you, but I was made a tad longer than ten years ago.
    ;-)
    Hmm, maybe the concept of the teleporter isn't so bad....
     
  14. Sorry, I thought it was a light_only_solution


    martin
     
  15. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Is Asperger's more like autism, or more like Tourette's?

    Thanks,
    Rich
     
  16. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Boy, you never miss an opportunity to cast insults, do you?

    It must really suck to be you.

    Thanks,
    Rich
     
  17. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I keep telling you - you'll have to discover the principles yourself, and
    inform the rest of the world how it's done - everybody else thinks it's
    impossible.

    Good Luck!
    Rich
     
  18. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Sulfur Hydrogen Iodine Tellurium, I'd think. ;-)

    Cheers!
    Rich
     
  19. Radium

    Radium Guest

    Asperger's resembles autism and ADHD more than anything else. As a
    kid, my diagnosis kept swinging from ADD to ADHD to autism, and back
    and forth, until the doctors found my symptoms to specifically match
    Asperger's.
     

  20. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AgInSbTe


    martin
     
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