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A high-speed 0.35µm CMOS optical communication link
Author(s): Marius E. Goosen; Petrus J. Venter; Monuko du Plessis; Alfons W. Bogalecki; Antonie C. Alberts; Pieter Rademeyer
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Paper Abstract

The idea of integrating a light emitter and detector in the cost effective and mature technology which is CMOS remains an attractive one. Silicon light emitters, used in avalanche breakdown, are demonstrated to switch at frequencies above 1 GHz whilst still being electrically detected, a three-fold increase on previous reported results. Utilizing novel BEOLstack reflectors and increased array sizes have resulted in an increased power efficiency allowing multi-Mb/s data rates. In this paper we present an all-silicon optical communication link with data rates exceeding 10 Mb/s at a bit error rate of less than 10-12, representing a ten-fold increase over the previous fastest demonstrated silicon data link. Data rates exceeding 40 Mb/s are also presented and evaluated. The quality of the optical link is established using both eye diagram measurements as well as a digital communication system setup. The digital communication system setup comprises the generation of 232-1 random data, 8B/10B encoding and decoding, data recovery and the subsequent bit error counting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8267, Optoelectronic Interconnects XII, 826716 (2 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.907945
Show Author Affiliations
Marius E. Goosen, INSiAVA (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa)
Petrus J. Venter, Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa)
Monuko du Plessis, Univ. of Pretoria (South Africa)
Alfons W. Bogalecki, INSiAVA (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa)
Antonie C. Alberts, INSiAVA (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa)
Pieter Rademeyer, INSiAVA (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8267:
Optoelectronic Interconnects XII
Alexei L. Glebov; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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