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Optical interconnects for parallel processing
Author(s): Aloke Guha; Julian P. G. Bristow; Charles T. Sullivan; Anis Husain
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Paper Abstract

Analytical modeling and practical experience reveal that interconnection networks for large-scale parallel architectures are severely limited by the I/O bandwidth of electrical interconnects. Optical interconnects offer far greater potential in meeting these bandwidth demands. The development of an operational 1024x1024 polyimide waveguide perfect shuffle network and high-density modulator arrays demonstrate how optics can meet this challenge. Further optical switching networks would be possible with the development of single-mode 2x2 waveguide switches. We envisage as feasible the insertion of active optical interconnection networks in future large-scale parallel architectures using integrated arrays of waveguide modulators photodetectors switches and interconnects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1991
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1389, Microelectronic Interconnects and Packages: Optical and Electrical Technologies, (1 April 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.25539
Show Author Affiliations
Aloke Guha, Honeywell Sensor and System Development Ctr. (United States)
Julian P. G. Bristow, Honeywell Systems and Research Ctr. (United States)
Charles T. Sullivan, Honeywell Systems and Research Ctr. (United States)
Anis Husain, Honeywell Systems and Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1389:
Microelectronic Interconnects and Packages: Optical and Electrical Technologies
Gnanalingam Arjavalingam; James Pazaris, Editor(s)

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