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Issue No. 01 - Jan.-Feb. (2013 vol. 33)
ISSN: 0272-1732
pp: 54-67
Noam Ophir , Columbia University
Christopher Mineo , Laboratory for Physical Sciences
David Mountain , Laboratory for Physical Sciences
Keren Bergman , Columbia University
Silicon photonic microrings have drawn interest in recent years as potential building blocks for high-bandwidth off-chip communication links. The authors analyze a terabit-per-second scale unamplified microring link based on current best-of-class devices. The analysis provides quantitative measures for the achievable energy efficiency and bandwidth density that could be realized within several years. The results highlight key device attributes that require significant advancement to realize sub-pJ/bit scale optical links.
Silicon, Optical fiber communication, Optical fibers, Photonics, Wavelength division multiplexing, Optical interconnections, Data communication, Parallel processing, emerging technologies, fiber optics, parallel I/O, data communications

K. Bergman, D. Mountain, C. Mineo and N. Ophir, "Silicon Photonic Microring Links for High-Bandwidth-Density, Low-Power Chip I/O," in IEEE Micro, vol. 33, no. , pp. 54-67, 2013.
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