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Canonical quaternary arithmetic based on optical content-addressable memory (CAM)

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1 Author(s)
Cherri, A.K. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Kuwait Univ., Safat, Kuwait

Higher radix based signed-digit number system such as the quaternary signed-digit (QSD) number system allows higher information storage density, less complexity, fewer system components, and fewer cascaded gates and operations. An optoelectronics symbolic substitution scheme to handle the parallel quaternary signed-digit (QSD) arithmetic operations is proposed. A conversion algorithm is employed on the QSD numbers to simplify the addition process and reduce the number of the optical symbolic substitution rules. The optical addition operation of two QSD numbers is performed in one-step. An efficient shared content-addressable memory (SCAM) based optical implementation of the QSD addition/subtraction operations employs a fixed number of minterms for any operand length. The canonical QSD number addition/subtraction scheme requires a significantly reduced number of minterms when compared to a similar previously reported technique

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Aerospace and Electronics Conference, 1996. NAECON 1996., Proceedings of the IEEE 1996 National  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

20-23 May 1996