This technical brief examines the evolution of optical communications in computing systems and the transition to...
An Error-free 1 Tbps WDM Optical I/O Chiplet and Multi-wavelength Multi-port Laser
We demonstrate 128 Gbps/port (8-λ×16 Gbps/λ) natively error-free transmission across eight optical ports using a...
TeraPHY: An O-band WDM Electro-Optic System for Low Power, Terabit/s Optical I/O
Abstract: We demonstrate an electro-optic system enabling a direct optical I/O interface in an ASIC package. The...
TeraPHY: Chiplet Technology for Low-Power, High-Bandwidth In-Package Optical I/O
Abstract: This slide deck was presented by Mark Wade on August 20, 2019. It explores Ayar Labs' innovative TeraPHY,...
TeraPHY: A High-Density Electronic-Photonic Chiplet for Optical I/O from a Multi-Chip Module
In this work, we provide an overview of System-in-Package (SiP) integration of an electronic-photonic chiplet fabricated in a commercial CMOS foundry. Assembly considerations, including co-packaging in a standard multi-chip module (MCM) package with a System-on-Chip (SoC), thermals, and fiber attach will be reviewed.
Monolithic Silicon-Photonics Platforms in State-of-the-Art CMOS SOI Processes
In this review paper, we take a comprehensive view of the performance of the silicon-photonic technologies developed to date for photonic interconnect applications. We also present the latest performance and results of our “zero-change” silicon photonics platforms in 45 nm and 32 nm SOI CMOS.
A 40-Gb/s PAM-4 Transmitter Based on a Ring-Resonator Optical DAC in 45-nm SOI CMOS
The next generations of large-scale data-centers and supercomputers demand optical interconnects to migrate to 400G and beyond. Microring modulators in silicon-photonics VLSI chips are promising devices to meet this demand due to their energy efficiency and compatibility with dense wavelength division multiplexed chip-to-chip optical I/O.
WaveLight: A Monolithic Low Latency Silicon-Photonics Communication Platform for the Next-Generation of Disaggregated Cloud Data Centers
In this work, we present WaveLight, a monolithic silicon-photonics platform whereby a low latency reliable deterministic protocol with optical functions are designed directly into an existing high-volume CMOS process.
Ultra-Efficient CMOS Fiber-to-Chip Grating Couplers
Apodized bi-level fiber-to-chip grating couplers, designed using a complex-wavevector band-structure approach, are demonstrated in a commercially available, monolithic SOI CMOS process achieving 92% (−0.36dB) coupling efficiency.
A 45 nm CMOS-SOI Monolithic Photonics Platform With Bit-Statistics-Based Resonant Microring Thermal Tuning
Here, we present a bit-statistical tuner that decouples tracking of optical one and zero-levels to realize non-dc-balanced data transmission, an “eye-max”-locking controller, and self-heating cancellation without need for a high-speed sensing frontend.
Single-Chip Microprocessor That Communicates Directly Using Light
This demonstration could represent the beginning of an era of chip-scale electronic–photonic systems with the potential to transform computing system architectures, enabling more powerful computers, from network infrastructure to data centres and supercomputers.
Quantum-Correlated Photon Pairs Generated in a Commercial 45 nm Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Microelectronic Chip
This proof-of-principle device demonstrates the potential of commercial CMOS microelectronics as an advanced quantum photonics platform with the capability of large volumes and pristine process control, where state-of-the-art high-speed digital circuits could interact with quantum photonic circuits.