Optoelectronic Computer Architecture Development for Image Reconstruction
Final rept. 1 Apr 95-31 Oct 96
HUGHES RESEARCH LABS MALIBU CA
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Shear layer turbulence near the surface of an aircraft causes degradation to image quality for onboard imaging sensors looking through this layer. Real time correction of these images for immediate use by the operators or onboard electronics is of interest. This effort addressed the development of high speed computational hardware that can perform image reconstruction using turbulence characteristic data. Specifically, we collaborated with UCSD and ERIM on the development of an optically augmented electronic computer for high speed inverse transform calculations to enable real time image reconstruction. The joint effort included FFT algorithm assessment and mapping considerations for optically interconnected and enhanced computer architectures such as the Hughes 3-D computer and possibly multiple FFTDSP modules. as well as the development by UCSD of optical interconnect hardware, The phase diverse speckle imaging approach developed by the ERIM team was the primary focus of algorithm assessments. Based on projections using next generation DSP and FFT chips, the phase diverse speckle approach was estimated to provide a potential for approximately 30 Hz image reconstruction with 256x256 images.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
- Computer Hardware