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Compact optical interconnect module
Author(s): Bruce R. Peters; Patrick J. Reardon; Janine V. Reardon
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Paper Abstract

The results of a design study for the development of an eye- safe (near-infrared wavelength), compact, multichannel optical interconnect system appropriate for integration with electronics and to be used for short distance communication are discussed. There are potential advantages to using optical interconnects instead of current hardwire interconnections for data transmission over short distances. This technology also has potential applications to data transmission for computing applications. This design study focused on the development of an optical interconnect module to function much like a conventional data cable. The module must be rugged, small, easily integrated into current data transfer, and must have the potential to be produced in volume and at lost cost. The desired system level performance of the optical interconnects was evaluated and design specifications were determined for the optical design. Trade studies involving current technologies were performed to determine suitable hardware configurations. These requirements pointed toward the application of microfabrication technology and micro-optics in order to accomplish the design goals. A pseudo-monolithic silicon-based optical system has been proposed involving diffractive and microrefractive optics along with integrated sensors and emitters. The device emphasizes the use of existing technologies gathered from different disciplines and integrated into one system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3226, Microelectronic Structures and MEMS for Optical Processing III, (2 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284569
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce R. Peters, Bright Concepts Inc. (United States)
Patrick J. Reardon, Bright Concepts Inc. (United States)
Janine V. Reardon, Bright Concepts Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3226:
Microelectronic Structures and MEMS for Optical Processing III
M. Edward Motamedi; Hans Peter Herzig, Editor(s)

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