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High-speed optoelectronic multichip modules packaged in glass on silicon
Author(s): Stavros Iezekiel; Eric A. Soshea; Matthew F. J. O'Keefe; Christopher M. Snowden
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Paper Abstract

Future communication and computer systems will require major advances in the integration of optical, optoelectronic and high- speed electronic componenets if packaging costs are to be reduced to acceptable levels. A hybrid integration approach called optoelectroic glass microwave integrated circuit (opto-GMIC) has been developed. Opto-GMIC comprises a glass substrate on a silicon carrier which can accommodate discrete and monolithic microwave and optoelectronic devices. In addition, fibre alignment grooves that simplify pigtailing can be defined. Hence a wide variety of high-speed optoelectronic multichip module designs can ultimately be produced from the same production line. In contrast to rival monolithic optoelectronic integrated circuit (OEIC) technologies, opto-GMIC can interconnect devices fabricated from different materials. This feature has been demonstrated by the fabrication of prototype fibre-optic repeaters, transmitters and receivers. These modules are designed for synchronous optical network (SONET) applications at a bit rate of 622.08 Mb/s and at a wavelength of 1.3 micrometers . All electronic functions on the modules are performed by GaAs microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMICs) while optoelectronic functions are provided by InGaAs photodiodes and InGaAsP laser diodes. By off-loading electronic passive elements onto glass, the number of parts in assembly is reduced drastically.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2149, Technologies for Optical Fiber Communications, (2 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175260
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Stavros Iezekiel, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Eric A. Soshea, M/A-COM, Inc. (United States)
Matthew F. J. O'Keefe, M/A-COM, Inc. (United States)
Christopher M. Snowden, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2149:
Technologies for Optical Fiber Communications
Gail J. Brown; Susan R. Sloan; Kenneth D. Pedrotti; Didier J. Decoster; Didier J. Decoster; Joanne S. LaCourse; Yoon-Soo Park; Kenneth D. Pedrotti; Susan R. Sloan, Editor(s)

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