Optically Routed NOR Gate Array

Have a question or want to start a discussion? Post it! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Threaded View
A historical curiosity I guess.  There was some work done in the mid
fifties to early sixties on neon lamp/electroluminescent sources
coupled with photoconductors to make logic gates.  However none of the
papers I have read so far show an array that is "routed."  They also
didn't have YouTube to make it as fun.


http://youtu.be/n1Yoi3GIyW4

http://youtu.be/n1Yoi3GIyW4


I am routing with 1.5mm and 1.8 mm clear vinyl craft cord.  It cuts
with scissors and works well enough for short distances I am working
with.

Happy to read any comments, suggestions of criticisms.

EdV


Re: Optically Routed NOR Gate Array
Dmitri(cabling-Design.com) had written this in response to
http://forums.cabling-design.com/fiberoptics/Optically-Routed-NOR-Gate-Array-977-.htm
 :
EdV  wrote:


Quoted text here. Click to load it





This does look pretty cool ! (but would look cooler yet if the camera was
on a tripod :)   My first thought was why it's not LEDs and photodiodes
but then it wouldn't be 50's tech so neon lamps make perfect sense.  

I'm curious how much current does the gate draw? Is it similar to or
perhaps any better than the semiconductor equivalent? Considering that in
an IC you usually get more gates than you need...

Oh, and now I known that clear vinyl craft cord makes a great lightguide.
Sometimes an LED indicator is located on a PCB in an awkward place. I've
used thin clear acrylic rods to bring the light up to the front panel but
the vinyl cord seems to be flexing so much better yet still retain the
light. My guess is that it is also cheaper or at least easier sourced than
acrylic rod.  I've got to try that!

-------------------------------------
Best Regards,
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD
http://www.cabling-design.com/homecabling/
Home Cabling Guide, Cabling Forum, color codes, pinouts and other useful
resources for premises cabling users and pros




--
+----------------------------------------------------------+
|            http://forums.cabling-design.com/             |
|              *** a better way to USENET ***              |
| no-spam Web and RSS interface to your favorite newsgroup |
|      sci.optics.fiber - 920 messages and counting!       |
+----------------------------------------------------------+



Site Timeline