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A Novel Integrated Multistage 2-D MEMS Optical Switch With Spanke–Benes Architecture

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2 Author(s)
Guomei Zhu ; Beijing Univ. of Posts & Telecommun., Beijing ; Geng-Sheng Kuo

Due to the emergence of high-capacity wavelength-division multiplexing transmission systems, new optical cross-connect (OXC) architectures that make a large number of fiber/wavelength counts to switch the signal in the optical domain are needed. Optical microelectromechanical system (MEMS) switches are regarded as the most promising optical switch technology to achieve such functionalities. In this paper, we propose a novel integrated multistage two-dimensional (2-D) MEMS optical switch design with Spanke-Benes architecture and compare it with the conventional crossbar architecture, the L-switching architecture, and Shuffle-Benes architecture. Our proposed architecture is very suitable for building large-port-count 2-D MEMS switches and achieves much better performance in terms of beam divergence loss, longest optical path, mirror radius, substrate size, port-to-port repeatability, and power consumption than the other three architectures. Furthermore, compared with the 2-D conventional crossbar switch commercially available now, the proposed architecture can save 50% mirrors, shorten 87.5% longest optical path, minify 65% mirror radius, and shrink 90% substrate size.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 5 )