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Plastic microoptical interconnection modules for parallel free-space interand intra-MCM data communication

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10 Author(s)
Thienpont, H. ; Lab. for Photonics, Vrije Univ., Brussels, Belgium ; Debaes, C. ; Baukens, V. ; Ottevaere, H.
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We design and fabricate a prototype scalable multichannel free-space interconnection module with the potential for Tb/s/spl middot/cm/sup 2/ aggregate bit-rate capacity over inter- and intra-MCM interconnection distances. The component is fabricated in a high quality optical plastic, PMMA, using deep proton lithography, an ion-based rapid prototyping technology. As a feasibility demonstration, data communication is achieved at 622 Mb/s per channel with a bit error rate smaller than 10/sup -13/ for 16 channels with an interchannel crosstalk lower than -22 dB. We perform a sensitivity analysis for misalignments and fabrication errors and study the fabrication issues of these components with injection molding techniques. Finally, we provide evidence that these modules can be mass fabricated with the required precision.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:88 ,  Issue: 6 )