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Polymer optical fibers for computer board and back-plane interconnections
Author(s): Yao Li; Jun Ai; Jan Popelek
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Paper Abstract

We discuss needs for using large-bandwidth, EMI-free optical interconnects inside computer systems and why the back-plane is the first possibility of applying optical technology. We compare free-space and guided-wave optical solutions for various fundamental and practical measures and show our conclusion that 2D data-capable guided wave optical channels can offer most competitive solutions. We capitalize on various unique advantages that a polymer optical fiber offers and propose to combine such fibers and embedding techniques we developed to deliver reliable optical channels on conventional printed circuit boards and back-planes. We show that an embedded polymer fiber opticaldistribution circuit can effectively deliver low-loss and high uniformity clock data up to 10Gb/s. We extend the concept of embedding to the multi-layer point-to-point 2D parallel optical back-plane. To further extend the capability of these optical data highways to incorporate data-sharing functionality, compact and integrated free-space optical components are proposed to serve as image-splitting devices. We discuss various recent experiments in our lab and present several demonstration prototypes during our presentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2000
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 4089, Optics in Computing 2000, (24 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386802
Show Author Affiliations
Yao Li, NEC Research Institute, Inc. (United States)
Jun Ai, NEC Research Institute, Inc. (Canada)
Jan Popelek, NEC Research Institute, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4089:
Optics in Computing 2000
Roger A. Lessard; Tigran V. Galstian, Editor(s)

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