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Field effect transistor-self electrooptic effect device (FET-SEED) differential transimpedance amplifiers for two-dimensional optical data links

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11 Author(s)
Novotny, R.A. ; AT&T Bell Labs., Naperville, IL, USA ; Wojcik, M.J. ; Lentine, A.L. ; Chirovsky, L.M.F.
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A 4×18 two-dimensional array of GaAs FET-SEED (field effect transistor-self electrooptic effect device) differential transimpedence receivers has been fabricated for application in massively parallel optical data link board-to-board interconnections. Several FET-SEED receiver arrays were tested and displayed a mean response of ~0.7 mV/μW, and were capable of >100 Mbps per channel operation. The mean receiver sensitivity for a BER of <10-9 was calculated from the measured noise spectrum to be -26.8 dBm at the system design rate of 40 Mbps (18 k-22 MHz bandwidth), and -23.2 dBm for a 100 Mbps rate (dc-66 MHz bandwidth). A sensitivity of approximately -25 dBm for the 40 Mbps rate was confirmed using a bit-error-rate test set. The theoretical noise is compared to measured values with good agreement assuming a FET channel noise factor of 1.4. The 1/f noise corner frequency of ~13 MHz was found to cause a ~1.2 dB degradation in sensitivity for the 100 Mbps rate. The differential amplifier mean dc output offset voltage was measured to be 10 mV, and displayed a large sigma due to parameter variations in the active devices. Two receiver arrays were successfully used in a demonstration of a fully differential parallel optical small computer system interface (SCSI) data link

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 4 )