Conditions are determined for which optical interconnects can transmit information at a higher data rate and consume less power than the equivalent electrical interconnections. The analysis is performed for free-space optical intrachip communication links. Effects of scaling circuit dimensions, presence of signal fan-out, and the use of light modulators as optical signal transmitters are also discussed.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 27, 1987
Published: May 1, 1988
Michael R. Feldman, Sadik C. Esener, Clark C. Guest, and Sing H. Lee, "Comparison between optical and electrical interconnects based on power and speed considerations," Appl. Opt. 27, 1742-1751 (1988)