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A 10-Gb/s laser/modulator driver IC with a dual-mode actively matched output buffer

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4 Author(s)
Ransijn, H. ; Agere Syst., Reading, PA, USA ; Salvador, G. ; Daugherty, D.D. ; Gaynor, K.D., II

A laser/modulator driver IC for 10-Gb/s-SONET OC-192-fiber optic transmitters is described. Depending on the user application, the IC is capable of driving more than 100 mA of current into a laser diode or over 50 mA into an electro-absorption or Mach-Zehnder modulator. Rise and fall times below 20 pS are achieved. The driver employs a novel dual-mode actively matched output buffer that provides a dc-coupled back termination of either 25 or 50 Ω. Compared to an output buffer with a resistive termination, this buffer dissipates only half as much power. In addition, the buffer has the the ability to reject external bias and will therefore not load bias sources used to set laser threshold currents and modulator offset voltages. The low power consumption makes the IC most suitable for co-packaging with uncooled lasers and electro-absorption modulators. The driver is fabricated in a 0.25-μm gate length production GaAs PHEMT process with substrate thru vias, thin-film resistors, and MIM capacitors

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 9 )