Parallel detection algorithm for page-oriented optical memories

Brian M. King, Mark A. Neifeld

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We present a parallel algorithm for the reliable detection of two-dimensional binary data in page-oriented memories. The development of the proposed pseudodecision-feedback equalization (PDFE) method is motivated by the classical decision-feedback equalization receiver. The technique takes advantage of the known or the estimated optical system characteristics to mitigate space-variant blur and additive thermal noise. We extend the method to correct for fixed-pattern errors including magnification, rotation, and transverse shift. Advantages of the PDFE algorithm include its parallel design, low computational complexity, and local connectivity. A system-capacity metric is used to compare the performance of the PDFE receiver with other conventional approaches, including the simple threshold, the 1:2 modulation code, and the Wiener filter. Results show the PDFE to outperform all the above techniques over a variety of channels for both incoherent and coherent systems. Implementation issues are discussed, and a MOSIS (Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Implementation Service) 2-mm design is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6275-6298
Number of pages24
JournalApplied optics
Issue number26
StatePublished - Sep 10 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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