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Enabling High-Speed Computing with Electromagnetic Pulse Switching

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alex Yakovlev, Dr Victor Pacheco PenaORCiD



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Communication and transfer of information from one block to another within a system is fundamental for high-speed and efficient computing. Herein, a simple approach for computing, without using conventional electrical charge/discharge-based primitive operations, in which information is represented in electromagnetic energy steps travelling in sections of transmission lines, is proposed. These steps are formed by transverse electromagnetic (TEM) square pulses with a polarity representing the values of Boolean variables. Logical operations between variables are realized at the crossing point of inter-connected transmission lines by exploiting the known laws of reflection and transmission of TEM waves allowing power division and/or recombination. A series and parallel configurations for at-will square pulse manipulation are discussed, offering new possibilities for future electromagnetic pulse-based computing systems.

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Author(s): Yakovlev A, Pacheco-Peña V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Advanced Materials Technologies

Year: 2020

Volume: 5

Issue: 12

Print publication date: 01/12/2020

Online publication date: 09/11/2020

Acceptance date: 19/09/2020

Date deposited: 09/11/2020

ISSN (electronic): 2365-709X

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA


DOI: 10.1002/admt.202000796


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Huawei Technologies R&D
Newcastle University