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Sense and nonsense of logic-level optical interconnect: reflections on an experiment

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Centimeter-range high-density optical interconnect between chips is coming into reach with current optical interconnect technology. Many theoretical studies have identified several good reasons why to use such types of interconnect as a replacement of various layers of the traditional electronic interconnect hierarchy. However, the true feasibility and usefulness of optical interconnects can only be established by actually building and evaluating them in a real systems setting. This contribution reports on our experience in using short-range high-density optical inter-chip interconnects. It is based on the design and construction of a fully functional optoelectronic demonstrator system. We discuss the rationale for building the demonstrator in the first place, the implications of using many low-level optical interconnections in electronic systems, and the degree to which our expectations have been fulfilled by the demonstrator. The detailed description of the architecture, design and implementation of the demonstrator is not presented here, but can be found elsewhere in this issue.
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logic level, optical interconnect, FPGA

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Van Campenhout, Jan, Marnik Brunfaut, Wim Meeus, Joni Dambre, and Michiel De Wilde. 2001. “Sense and Nonsense of Logic-level Optical Interconnect: Reflections on an Experiment.” In Proceedings of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (spie), ed. Mohammad R Taghizadeh, Hugo Thienpont, and Ghassan E Jabbour, 4455:151–159. Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.
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Van Campenhout, Jan, Brunfaut, M., Meeus, W., Dambre, J., & De Wilde, M. (2001). Sense and nonsense of logic-level optical interconnect: reflections on an experiment. In M. R. Taghizadeh, H. Thienpont, & G. E. Jabbour (Eds.), PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE) (Vol. 4455, pp. 151–159). Presented at the Conference on Micro- and Nano-optics for Optical Interconnection and Information Processing, Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.
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Van Campenhout J, Brunfaut M, Meeus W, Dambre J, De Wilde M. Sense and nonsense of logic-level optical interconnect: reflections on an experiment. In: Taghizadeh MR, Thienpont H, Jabbour GE, editors. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE). Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering; 2001. p. 151–9.
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Van Campenhout, Jan, Marnik Brunfaut, Wim Meeus, et al. “Sense and Nonsense of Logic-level Optical Interconnect: Reflections on an Experiment.” Proceedings of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (spie). Ed. Mohammad R Taghizadeh, Hugo Thienpont, & Ghassan E Jabbour. Vol. 4455. Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 2001. 151–159. Print.
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  abstract     = {Centimeter-range high-density optical interconnect between chips is coming into reach with current optical interconnect technology. Many theoretical studies have identified several good reasons why to use such types of interconnect as a replacement of various layers of the traditional electronic interconnect hierarchy. However, the true feasibility and usefulness of optical interconnects can only be established by actually building and evaluating them in a real systems setting.
This contribution reports on our experience in using short-range high-density optical inter-chip interconnects. It is based on the design and construction of a fully functional optoelectronic demonstrator system. We discuss the rationale for building the demonstrator in the first place, the implications of using many low-level optical interconnections in electronic systems, and the degree to which our expectations have been fulfilled by the demonstrator.
The detailed description of the architecture, design and implementation of the demonstrator is not presented here, but can be found elsewhere in this issue.},
  author       = {Van Campenhout, Jan and Brunfaut, Marnik and Meeus, Wim and Dambre, Joni and De Wilde, Michiel},
  booktitle    = {PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS (SPIE)},
  editor       = {Taghizadeh, Mohammad R and Thienpont, Hugo and Jabbour, Ghassan E},
  isbn         = {0-8194-4169-4},
  issn         = {0277-786X},
  keywords     = {logic level,optical interconnect,FPGA},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {San Diego, CA, USA},
  pages        = {151--159},
  publisher    = {SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering},
  title        = {Sense and nonsense of logic-level optical interconnect: reflections on an experiment},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.450436},
  volume       = {4455},
  year         = {2001},
}

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