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Low-Power 16 x 10 Gb/s Bi-Directional Single Chip CMOS Optical Transceivers Operating at ≪ 5 mW/Gb/s/link

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8 Author(s)
Schow, C.L. ; IBM T. J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY ; Doany, F.E. ; Chen Chen ; Rylyakov, A.V.
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We report here on a parallel optical transceiver based on a single 0.13 mum CMOS amplifier chip with 16 transmitter and 16 receiver channels. The transceiver is designed to support very low-power, chip-to-chip optical data buses on printed circuit boards at data rates up to 10 Gb/s/channel. Optical interfaces to the chip are provided by 16-channel photodiode (PD) and VCSEL arrays directly flip-chip soldered to the CMOS IC. The resulting complete transceivers, or optochips, are low-cost, low-profile highly-integrated chip-scale components. The packaging approach, dense hybrid-integration of optical devices with CMOS, facilitates further scaling to even larger 2-D arrays for future massively parallel optical data buses. Comparison with a previously reported high-speed transceiver Optochip is provided to provide insight into the design space of dense CMOS-based parallel optical transceivers.

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan. 2009

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