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Optical backplane demonstrators using micro-optics and smart pixel transceiver arrays

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2 Author(s)
Plant, D.V. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., McGill Univ., Montreal, Que., Canada ; Hinton, H.S.

We have demonstrated a representative portion of an optical backplane using FET-SEED smart pixels and free-space optics to interconnect printed circuit boards (PCBs) in a two board, unidirectional link configuration. 4×4 arrays of FET-SEED transceivers were designed, fabricated, and packaged at the PCB level. The optical interconnection was constructed using diffractive microoptics, and custom optomechanics. The system was operated in two modes, one showing high data throughput, 50 MBit/sec, and the other demonstrating large connection densities, 2222 channel/cm2

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Computers and Communications, 1995., Conference Proceedings of the 1995 IEEE Fourteenth Annual International Phoenix Conference on

Date of Conference:

28-31 Mar 1995