Regenerative polymeric bus architecture for board-level optical interconnects

N. Bamiedakis, A. Hashim, R. V. Penty, I. H. White

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Abstract

A scalable multi-channel optical regenerative bus architecture based on the use of polymer waveguides is presented for the first time. The architecture offers high-speed interconnection between electrical cards allowing regenerative bus extension with multiple segments and therefore connection of an arbitrary number of cards onto the bus. In a proof-ofprinciple demonstration, a 4-channel 3-card polymeric bus module is designed and fabricated on standard FR4 substrates. Low insertion losses (≤ -15 dB) and low crosstalk values (< -30 dB) are achieved for the fabricated samples while better than ± 6 μm -1 dB alignment tolerances are obtained. 10 Gb/s data communication with a bit-error-rate (BER) lower than 10-12 is demonstrated for the first time between card interfaces on two different bus modules using a prototype 3R regenerator.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11625-11636
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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