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Multi-gigabit optical interconnects for next-generation on-board digital equipment
Author(s): Norbert Venet; Henri Favaro; Michel Sotom; Michel Maignan; Jacques Berthon

Paper Abstract

Parallel optical interconnects are experimentally assessed as a technology that may offer the high-throughput data communication capabilities required to the next-generation on-board digital processing units. An optical backplane interconnect was breadboarded, on the basis of a digital transparent processor that provides flexible connectivity and variable bandwidth in telecom missions with multi-beam antenna coverage. The unit selected for the demonstration required that more than tens of Gbit/s be supported by the backplane. The demonstration made use of commercial parallel optical link modules at 850 nm wavelength, with 12 channels running at up to 2.5 Gbit/s. A flexible optical fibre circuit was developed so as to route board-to-board connections. It was plugged to the optical transmitter and receiver modules through 12-fibre MPO connectors. BER below 10-14 and optical link budgets in excess of 12 dB were measured, which would enable to integrate broadcasting. Integration of the optical backplane interconnect was successfully demonstrated by validating the overall digital processor functionality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10568, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004, 1056813 (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2307960
Show Author Affiliations
Norbert Venet, Alcatel Space (France)
Henri Favaro, Alcatel Space (France)
Michel Sotom, Alcatel Space (France)
Michel Maignan, Alcatel Space (France)
Jacques Berthon, CNES (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10568:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo, Editor(s)

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