Indexed on: 21 Nov '20Published on: 19 Nov '20Published in: Nature communications
Electronic Boolean logic gates, the foundation of current computation and digital information processing, are reaching final limits in processing power. The primary obstacle is energy consumption which becomes impractically large, > 0.1 fJ/bit per gate, for signal speeds just over several GHz. Unfortunately, current solutions offer either high-speed operation or low-energy consumption. We propose a design for Boolean logic that can achieve both simultaneously (high speed and low consumption), here demonstrated for NOT and XNOR gates. Our method works by passively modifying the phase relationships among the different frequencies of an input data signal to redistribute its energy into the desired logical output pattern. We experimentally demonstrate a passive NOT gate with an energy dissipation of ~1 fJ/bit at 640 Gb/s and use it as a building block for an XNOR gate. This approach is applicable to any system that can propagate coherent waves, such as electromagnetic, acoustic, plasmonic, mechanical, or quantum.