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Switching Energy and Device Size Limits on Digital Photonic Signal Processing Technologies

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4 Author(s)
Hinton, K. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Univ. of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC ; Raskutti, G. ; Farrell, P.M. ; Tucker, RodneyS.

The relationship between device size and power consumption of photonic signal processing devices is derived using device-specific models for photonic signal processing using semiconductor optical amplifiers, periodically poled lithium niobate, and highly nonlinear fibers. The results are then compared with the power-length characteristics of CMOS digital devices. The general conclusion is that photonic signal processing technologies demand significantly larger space and/or power than CMOS technologies.

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Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 3 )

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May-june 2008

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