Accession Number:

ADA112239

Title:

Optical Communication for Integrated Circuits.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jun-15 Nov 80,

Corporate Author:

ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL THOUSAND OAKS CA MICROELECTRONICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

111.0

Abstract:

This report summarizes a study of the feasibility of interconnecting high speed GaAs integrated circuits by the transmission of optical energy. Data rates in excess of 2 Gbs will require an interconnect technology other than hardwire. The monolithic integration of optical devices with electronic circuitry makes high-data-rate optical data transmission possible. This study examined the requirements on lasers, laser drivers, detectors, preamplifiers, and optical distribution networks to make data transmission between IC chips feasible. These requirements have led to the selection of certain device designs and optical distribution networks for use in optical interconnect. To assess the performance of an optically interconnected system, such issues as power dissipation, optical losses, and geometrical size were assessed for each configuration.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Optics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Non-Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE