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Unique advantages of optics over electronics for interconnections
Author(s): H. John Caulfield
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Paper Abstract

There are many applications in which both electronic and optical interconnections are possible. These include most tasks currently being adequately performed by electronic interconnections. Optics must win such battles overwhelmingly to gain acceptance. We argue here that there will be other situations where electronics can not conceivably compete. The disadvantage of these situations is that their markets and technologies are not well developed. The advantage is that these are sure wins for optics. Advantages in fanin/fanout three dimensionality absence of such electronics problems as EMI ease of making/breaking connections avoidance of transduction smart interconnection and virtual computing are explored briefly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1991
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1390, Microelectronic Interconnects and Packages: System and Process Integration, (1 April 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.25595
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H. John Caulfield, Ctr. for Applied Optics/Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1390:
Microelectronic Interconnects and Packages: System and Process Integration
Stuart K. Tewksbury; John R. Carruthers, Editor(s)

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