An Israeli startup, Lenslet, has developed a new processor that is based on optics not silicon. This allows the processor to carry out calculations at the speed of light. (Thanks to Malka Young for the tip.)
The three order of magnitude acceleration delivered by the EnLight platform opens the door to previously unfeasible defense capabilities as identified by leading defense experts. "This quantum leap in computation performance, enabled by optical processing, opens the door to new capabilities in the battlefield of the future, creating strategic implications. This new development will revolutionize the nature of warfare with an effect similar to those caused by the appearance of the tank or the airplane," said Major-General (Ret.) Isaac Ben- Israel, former head of the R&D Directorate of the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
Crossposted on Bsurot Tovot and Soccer Dad.