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Free-space micro-optical intra-MCM interconnection modules: performances, potentialities and limitations

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We design and realize a scalable multi-channel free-space interconnection prototype with the potential for Tb/s.cm(2) aggregate bit rate capacity over inter- and intra- MCM interconnection distances. The component is prototyped in a high quality optical plastic, PMMA, using deep lithography with protons. At present data communication is achieved at 622 Mb/s per channel with a BER smaller than 10 (-13) for the 16 channels with inter-channel cross-talks as low as -22dB. We perform a sensitivity analysis for misalignments and study the impact of fabrication errors on the performance of the interconnection module in case injection moulding would be the preferred mass-fabrication technique. We provide evidence that these modules can be mass-fabricated with the required precision in optical plastics suited for heterogeneous integration with semiconductor materials.
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optical interconnects, free space digital optics, photonic-VLSI, GRIN lenses, lens design, CIRCUITS, VCSELS, ARRAYS, LASERS

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Baukens, V, C Debaes, Michael Vervaeke, Heidi Ottevaere, B Volckaerts, P Vynck, Pascal Tuteleers, et al. 2000. “Free-space Micro-optical intra-MCM Interconnection Modules: Performances, Potentialities and Limitations.” In Proceedings of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (spie), ed. S Bains and LJ Irakliotis, 232–240. Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.
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Baukens, V, Debaes, C., Vervaeke, M., Ottevaere, H., Volckaerts, B., Vynck, P., Tuteleers, P., et al. (2000). Free-space micro-optical intra-MCM interconnection modules: performances, potentialities and limitations. In S. Bains & L. Irakliotis (Eds.), PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE) (pp. 232–240). Presented at the Conference on Critical Technologies for the Future of Computing, Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.
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Baukens V, Debaes C, Vervaeke M, Ottevaere H, Volckaerts B, Vynck P, et al. Free-space micro-optical intra-MCM interconnection modules: performances, potentialities and limitations. In: Bains S, Irakliotis L, editors. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE). Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering; 2000. p. 232–40.
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Baukens, V, C Debaes, Michael Vervaeke, et al. “Free-space Micro-optical intra-MCM Interconnection Modules: Performances, Potentialities and Limitations.” Proceedings of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (spie). Ed. S Bains & LJ Irakliotis. Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 2000. 232–240. Print.
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  abstract     = {We design and realize a scalable multi-channel free-space interconnection prototype with the potential for Tb/s.cm(2) aggregate bit rate capacity over inter- and intra- MCM interconnection distances. The component is prototyped in a high quality optical plastic, PMMA, using deep lithography with protons. At present data communication is achieved at 622 Mb/s per channel with a BER smaller than 10 (-13) for the 16 channels with inter-channel cross-talks as low as -22dB. We perform a sensitivity analysis for misalignments and study the impact of fabrication errors on the performance of the interconnection module in case injection moulding would be the preferred mass-fabrication technique. We provide evidence that these modules can be mass-fabricated with the required precision in optical plastics suited for heterogeneous integration with semiconductor materials.},
  author       = {Baukens, V and Debaes, C and Vervaeke, Michael and Ottevaere, Heidi and Volckaerts, B and Vynck, P and Tuteleers, Pascal and Hermanne, A and Van Campenhout, Jan and Hanney, M and Veretennicoff, I and Thienpont, Hugo},
  booktitle    = {PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE)},
  editor       = {Bains, S and Irakliotis, LJ},
  isbn         = {0-8194-3754-9},
  issn         = {0277-786X},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {San Diego, CA, USA},
  pages        = {232--240},
  publisher    = {SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering},
  title        = {Free-space micro-optical intra-MCM interconnection modules: performances, potentialities and limitations},
  year         = {2000},
}

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