Polymer-based board-level optical interconnects

A. Hashim, N. Bamiedakis, J. Beals, Y. Hao, R. V. Penty, I. H. White

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This paper provides an overview of the rationale behind the significant interest in polymer-based on-board optical links together with a brief review of recently reported work addressing certain challenges in this field. Polymer-based optical links have garnered considerable research attention due to their important functional attributes and compelling cost-benefit advantages in on-board optoelectronic systems as they can be cost-effectively integrated on conventional printed circuit boards. To date, significant work on the polymer materials, their fabrication process and their integration on standard board substrates have enabled the demonstration of numerous high-speed on-board optical links. However, to be deployed in real-world systems, these optoelectronic printed circuit boards (OE PCBs) must also be cost-effective. Here, recent advances in the integration process focusing on simple direct end-fire coupling schemes and the use of low-cost FR4 PCB substrates are presented. Performance of two proof-of-principle 10 Gb/s systems based on this integration method are summarised while work in realising more complex yet compact planar optical components is outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - 2011 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Photonics, ICP 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event2011 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Photonics, ICP 2011 - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Duration: 17 Oct 201119 Oct 2011


Conference2011 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Photonics, ICP 2011
CityKota Kinabalu, Sabah

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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