Abstract:

Integrating photonics with advanced electronics leverages transistor performance, process fidelity and package integration, to enable a new class of systems-on-a-chip for a variety of applications ranging from computing and communications to sensing and imaging. Monolithic silicon photonics is a promising solution to meet the energy efficiency, sensitivity, and cost requirements of these applications. 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. The results indicate that the 45 nm and 32 nm processes provide a “sweet-spot” for adding photonic capability and enhancing integrated system applications beyond the Moore-scaling, while being able to offload major communication tasks from more deeply-scaled compute and memory chips without complicated 3D integration approaches.

Authors:

Vladimir Stojanovic, Rajeev J. Ram, Milos Popovic, Sen Lin, Sajjad Moazeni, Mark Wade, Chen Sun, Luca Alloatti, Amir Atabaki, Fabio Pavanello, Nandish Mehta, and Pavan Bhargava

Published In: OSA Publishing

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