Optalysys was formed to solve some of the fundamental limitations of conventional computing. This comes at a time when the unquenchable thirst for faster processing ever expanding volumes of data comes face to face with the impending demise of Moore's Law.
Our optical co-processors use low power laser light, rather than electricity, to perform processor intensive, high resolution correlation and convolution functions in parallel at incredibly high speeds, yet taking only a fraction of the energy used by electronic processors.
These functions are used in pattern recognition and as the basis of high resolution machine learning models, for applications ranging from satellite image analysis, CCTV, autonomous vehicles and medical image analysis….
Our technology is fundamentally different to conventional computing in that it uses high resolution (several million data point) arrays to convert numerical data into light. It is particularly well suited to contextually enhancing and pre-processing high-resolution image data that must otherwise be segmented before entering into conventional Deep Learning models.
Our technology is hugely scalable. Through our unique, patented designs, our systems will be available in the cloud; High Performance Computing (HPC) systems and desktop computers. Miniaturised systems will also be integrated into Edge Computing systems and even hand held devices, using component technologies that are available today.
Scientific Advisory Board
2019: First optical processor demonstrates high resolution AI and ultimate scalability
2018: World’s first optical implementation of a convolutional neural network
2017: DARPA seedling project completed under the ACCESS program; Innovate UK project with the Earlham Institute successfully completed
2016: Multiplexed correlator designs implemented
2015: Completed re-configurable, lens-less prototype
2015: Awarded Horizon 2020 project with ECMWF
2015: Awarded Innovate UK project in partnership with the Earlham Institute
2014: Designed and patented alignment method for integrating multiple components
2013: Developed lens-less modular optics concept
2013: Shifted focus to big data and model simulations and formed Optalysys
2012: Developed reconfigurable optical processors
2009: Completed optical derivative processor proof of concept
2007: Built and sold “Solid block” rugged lens-less military correlators
2006: First HD SLMs became available in the market
2003: Developed compact Joint Transform Correlator Systems
2001: Cambridge Correlators Spun out from Cambridge University