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POLO: a gigabyte/s parallel optical link
Author(s): Kenneth H. Hahn; David W. Dolfi
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Paper Abstract

The Parallel Optical Link Organization (POLO) is an ARPA sponsored industry consortium consisting of four companies and one university. The members are Hewlett- Packard, AMP, Du Pont, SDL, and the University of Southern California. The consortium’s goal is to develop a high speed (1 Gbyte/s) parallel optical interconnect module for applications in central office switching environments and clustered computing. Previous reports1 have described the general layout of the POLO interconnect module and reported preliminary results. In this paper, we discuss further progress to date on the POLO module and show results for a 10 channel module operating at 622 Mb/s per channel. In addition, we discuss the current performance limitations of the module, packaging issues associated with assembly, a testbed which utilizes the POLO interconnect for the transmission of high resolution images between workstations, and plans for the 2nd generation POLO module.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10284, Optoelectronic Interconnects and Packaging: A Critical Review, 102840M (30 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.229273
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Kenneth H. Hahn, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)
David W. Dolfi, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10284:
Optoelectronic Interconnects and Packaging: A Critical Review
Ray T. Chen; Peter S. Guilfoyle, Editor(s)

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