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Optical backplanes with integrated polymer waveguides
Author(s): Joerg Moisel; Richard Bogenberger; Joachim Guttmann; Hans-Peter Huber; Oskar Krumpholz; Klaus-Peter Kuhn; Manfred Rode
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Paper Abstract

An optical backplane for high bit rate data transmission between processor boards is presented. The backplane consists of low- loss polymer multimode waveguides, integrated micromirrors and lenses for focusing/collimation. Free space transmission is used for the coupling between processor boards and the backplane. Due to an expanded beam, high alignment tolerances between the boards and the backplane are obtained. Backplanes are realized for a 55 cm (21 in.) interconnection length, for a ring network and for a 4 x4 star network. For each backplane, data transmission with a bit rate > 1 Gbit/s is demonstrated and first environmental tests are successfully passed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 39(3) doi: 10.1117/1.602413
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 39, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Joerg Moisel, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)
Richard Bogenberger, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)
Joachim Guttmann, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)
Hans-Peter Huber, DaimlerChrysler AG (Germany)
Oskar Krumpholz, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)
Klaus-Peter Kuhn, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)
Manfred Rode, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)

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