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In this paper, we present a process to embed commercially available optical material layers into a flexible foil. Patterning of the embedded layers results in highly transparent low-loss flexible waveguides. Bending of the foil down to a bending radius of 5 mm causes no additional optical propagation losses. Vertical cavity surface emitting laser's and photodiodes are thinned down to 20 mu m and are embedded inside the cladding layer of the waveguides. They are optically coupled with the use of embedded micromirror plugs. The result is a thin foil of 150 mu m thickness with embedded active optical low-loss links. The presented links show an average total optical loss of 6.4 dB and a clear open-eye diagram at 1.2 Gb/s. The foil characteristics do not change after humidity and temperature cycling.
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waveguide, PRINTED-CIRCUIT BOARDS, thinning, reliability, optical interconnect, flexible, Embedding

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Bosman, Erwin, Geert Van Steenberge, Ivaylo Milenkov, et al. “Fully Flexible Optoelectronic Foil.” IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS 16.5 (2010): 1355–1362. Print.
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Bosman, E., Van Steenberge, G., Milenkov, I., Panajotov, K., Thienpont, H., Bauwelinck, J., & Van Daele, P. (2010). Fully flexible optoelectronic foil. IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS, 16(5), 1355–1362.
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Bosman, Erwin, Geert Van Steenberge, Ivaylo Milenkov, Krassimir Panajotov, Hugo Thienpont, Johan Bauwelinck, and Peter Van Daele. 2010. “Fully Flexible Optoelectronic Foil.” Ieee Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 16 (5): 1355–1362.
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Bosman, Erwin, Geert Van Steenberge, Ivaylo Milenkov, Krassimir Panajotov, Hugo Thienpont, Johan Bauwelinck, and Peter Van Daele. 2010. “Fully Flexible Optoelectronic Foil.” Ieee Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 16 (5): 1355–1362.
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Bosman E, Van Steenberge G, Milenkov I, Panajotov K, Thienpont H, Bauwelinck J, et al. Fully flexible optoelectronic foil. IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS. 2010;16(5):1355–62.
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E. Bosman et al., “Fully flexible optoelectronic foil,” IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 1355–1362, 2010.
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  abstract     = {In this paper, we present a process to embed commercially available optical material layers into a flexible foil. Patterning of the embedded layers results in highly transparent low-loss flexible waveguides. Bending of the foil down to a bending radius of 5 mm causes no additional optical propagation losses. Vertical cavity surface emitting laser's and photodiodes are thinned down to 20 mu m and are embedded inside the cladding layer of the waveguides. They are optically coupled with the use of embedded micromirror plugs. The result is a thin foil of 150 mu m thickness with embedded active optical low-loss links. The presented links show an average total optical loss of 6.4 dB and a clear open-eye diagram at 1.2 Gb/s. The foil characteristics do not change after humidity and temperature cycling.},
  author       = {Bosman, Erwin and Van Steenberge, Geert and Milenkov, Ivaylo and Panajotov, Krassimir and Thienpont, Hugo and Bauwelinck, Johan and Van Daele, Peter},
  issn         = {1077-260X},
  journal      = {IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS},
  keywords     = {waveguide,PRINTED-CIRCUIT BOARDS,thinning,reliability,optical interconnect,flexible,Embedding},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {1355--1362},
  title        = {Fully flexible optoelectronic foil},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSTQE.2009.2039466},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2010},
}

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