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Modulator-based multistage free-space optical interconnection system
Author(s): Andrew G. Kirk; David V. Plant; Ted H. Szymanski; Z. G. Vranesic; John Alfred Trezza; Frank A. P. Tooley; D. R. Rolston; Michael H. Ayliffe; Frederic K. Lacroix; D. Kabal; Brian Robertson; Eric Bernier; D. Filiatrault-Brosseau; Feras S. J. Michael; E. L. Chuah
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Paper Abstract

We describe the design and implementation of a free-space optical interconnect for multi-processor and backplane applications. The system is designed to interconnect 4 nodes in a unidirectional ring, with a total of 256 data channels propagating from node to node. Each node contains an array 512 GaAs electro-absorption modulators and 512 photodetectors, hybridly attached to a silicon integrated circuit. Light is relayed between nodes with a rigid micro- optical system. System results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4089, Optics in Computing 2000, (24 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386862
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew G. Kirk, McGill Univ. (Canada)
David V. Plant, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Ted H. Szymanski, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Z. G. Vranesic, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
John Alfred Trezza, Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Co. (United States)
Frank A. P. Tooley, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. R. Rolston, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Michael H. Ayliffe, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Frederic K. Lacroix, McGill Univ. (Canada)
D. Kabal, Nortel Networks (Canada)
Brian Robertson, Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. and Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom)
Eric Bernier, Nortel Networks (Canada)
D. Filiatrault-Brosseau, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Feras S. J. Michael, McGill Univ. (Canada)
E. L. Chuah, McGill Univ. (Canada)

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

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