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1 Author(s)
W. V. Smith ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

The applicability of lasers to the logic, mentory, input-output, and data transmission linkages portions of computers are analyzed qualitatively. The more promising potential applications are considered to lie in the memory, interconnection, and input-output areas, and the least promising in the fast logic area. Coherent optical data preprocessing is cited as an example of an already clearly useful laser application.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 10 )