OPē is a next-generation computing and cybersecurity research and development company. OPē's core competency is the practical application of photonics in relation to computing and encryption. The company's initial research has resulted in the development of ground-breaking computation methods and unparalleled means of transmission, storage, and data security. OPē has developed 3 distinct products from these inventions: Optical Computing, DUODS, and Microfluidic Display.


An optical numerical computation device relates light from a plurality of light sources to calculate an arithmetic solution. 

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The DUODS device that has been created by OPē brings new and novel technology to any platform, and has been designed to fit any given existing infrastructure.

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The instant application relates to a light source which produces light at a specific wavelength based on an interaction between its component elements.

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As Moore's law hurtles towards obscurity, the need for computing systems relying on underlying technologies beyond semiconductors is becoming more and more apparent. Ever-decreasing feature size offers diminishing gains in performance and energy consumption, and thus new approaches must be explored.

This optical numerical computation device relates light from a plurality of light sources to calculate an arithmetic solution. The optical numerical computation device includes input circuitry, pre-calculation circuitry, calculation circuitry, a light collection cavity, and a plurality of light computation components. The pre-calculation circuitry and calculation circuitry cause light sources to emit light representing the values of input operands, which is subsequently related within the light collection cavity. Sensors then generate resultant outputs at values indicative of the sensed light value. The respective wavelength of light emitted from or sensed by each light computation component may be associated with an operand arithmetic sign.







Why is this optical chip (device) special?


  • Reproducibility 

  • Invertibility 

  • Unclonability

  • Randomization


  • Cryptographically Sound

  • Digitally Unclonable Key

  • Approximate Bijectivity

  • Concept similar to Strong PUF

  • Post Quantum

  • Able to withstand black box, gray box and white box attacks

OPē  has developed a non‑standard, digitally unclonable optical  data  scrambling  system, hereafter referred to as DUODS for simplicity. The core of this new scrambler is formed by an optical analog  component  such  as, but not limited to a  bespoke  PEO-MMI (Programmable Electro Optical Multi-Mode Interferometer) optical chip. The MMI is housed on a silicon chip (photonics on silicon) and its main features are at the Micro and Nano Scale. The idea for the security architecture is to combine analog and digital components in a cryptographically strong and controllable manner, which are digitally unclonable. 


The DUODS device that has been created by OPē brings new and novel technology to any platform, and has been designed to fit any given existing infrastructure. This device is a throughput encryption/decryption system, and is meant to be seen within the infrastructure as any other appliance such as a hard drive. A user can choose to send all of their data through the device, or only certain data of a priority level set by the administrator. This device allows the user's data to be encrypted in transit, and at rest. The encrypted data can be stored locally or on the cloud, and remains secure.


The DUODS device is similar to what cryptologists refer to as a Strong PUF (Physically Unclonable Function). A Strong PUF is an unclonable function that only has the capability to communicate with itself. This means it can only encrypt and decrypt through itself, and not through another device of the like. The differentiator in OPē’s DUODS device is that it can be set up just as a Strong PUF, or it can be set up to communicate with other devices of the like, other devices of the same physical signature. This same signature is embedded down to the Nano-scale in the physical makeup of the optical silicon chip. Each entity that uses this product can decide how many devices they need, and how many of those devices can communicate to each other — and likewise, how many cannot. A signature or a set of signatures will be tailored by OPē for each entity using the DUODS product. No two entities will be given the same set of signatures, thus eliminating the possibility of stolen usable data.


The main feature of this new DUODS optical chip is its digitally unclonable functions. Unclonability means that the mathematical functions of the chip cannot be reproduced digitally, even when high performance computing clusters are obtained and used. A direct effect of true digital unclonability is the cost of replication digitally would be two great for any given entity to try to feasibly reproduce it. At a minimum for the chip to be unclonable it would take a high performance digital cluster two years to process and decrypt one 256-bit input. By design the unclonability of this DUODS chip produces a result where even if the first 256-bit input was decrypted it provides no information on how to decrypt the subsequent bits. This means the attacker would have to start over from scratch for every set of inputs in any given set of data. While at this time 256-bit input chunks are a direct correlation to the current build of the chip, the device is not limited to this 256-bit structure, and can be tailored to accept much larger input chunks.  

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Founded in 2012, OPē began research and development of analog optical computing.

The calculation, by the initial optical computing device, was achieved in May 2013. This was the beginning of multiple parallel research and development projects that would lead to current and future projects.

A light source is realized in a wall portion and a base portion forming a flexible structure, a the wall portion having a plurality of inward facing LEDs thereupon, a bottom edge of the wall portion being adjacent to an edge of the wide portion. The resulting well is subsequently filled with a material to form an optical cavity, the height of the resultant optical cavity being matching a top edge of the wall portion. The top surface of the optical cavity is spin coated with a thin layer of quantum dots which serve to shift a wavelength of light emitted from the LEDs. Finally, a protective layer is applied to fix and protect the thin layer of quantum dots. Thus, a light source is realized which can reliably provide light at a specific wavelength defined by the interaction between the LEDs and quantum dots.