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Performance-optimized optical bidirectional backplane bus for multiprocessor systems
Author(s): Ray T. Chen; Chunhe Zhao; Tchang-Hun Oh
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Paper Abstract

We review the recent results on the design and implementation of the performance-optimized bidirectional optical backplane bus aimed at high speed multiprocessor systems. It employs an array of multiplexed holograms, in conjunction with a waveguiding plate within which cascaded fanouts are generated. Data transfer rate of 1.2 Gbit/sec at 1300 nm is demonstrated with a single bus line for a system composed of nine boards. Packaging-related issues and misalignment effects are addressed. Theoretical treatment to minimize fluctuations among the received powers at each board was carried out and the overall performance was optimized. We also introduce a hybrid optical backplane with multiple bus lines. The hybrid backplane maintains the same waveguiding structure, and exploits optoelectronic array devices. A new demonstration system is being implemented. The optical backplane that we developed is transparent to higher level bus protocols, thus can support standard backplane buses such as Futurebus+, Multibus II, and VMEbus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 1996
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 10284, Optoelectronic Interconnects and Packaging: A Critical Review, 102840G (30 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.229267
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Ray T. Chen, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Chunhe Zhao, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Tchang-Hun Oh, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10284:
Optoelectronic Interconnects and Packaging: A Critical Review
Ray T. Chen; Peter S. Guilfoyle, Editor(s)

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