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Reconfigurable high-speed optoelectronic interconnect technology for multiprocessor computers
Author(s): Julian Cheng
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Paper Abstract

We describe a compact optoelectronic switching technology for interconnecting multiple computer processors and shared memory modules together through dynamically reconfigurable optical paths to provide simultaneous, high speed communication amongst different nodes. Each switch provides a optical link to other nodes as well as electrical access to an individual processor, and it can perform optical and optoelectronic switching to covert digital data between various electrical and optical input/output formats. This multifunctional switching technology is based on the monolithic integration of arrays of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with photodetectors and heterojunction bipolar transistors. The various digital switching and routing functions, as well as optically cascaded multistage operation, have been experimentally demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2481, Photonic Device Engineering for Dual-Use Applications, (30 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212695
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Julian Cheng, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2481:
Photonic Device Engineering for Dual-Use Applications
Andrew R. Pirich, Editor(s)

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