The performance factors associated with self-electro-optic-effect-device- (SEED-) based smart-pixel arrays are analyzed in terms of semiconductor technology and pixel complexity. The sorting task is chosen as a practical example. Complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)–SEED 2 × 2 self-routing nodes operated with quasi-cw-mode lasers are shown to provide the maximum processing power and on-or off-chip communication rate. The need for new front-end amplifiers for the smart-pixel technology is emphasized.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 20, 1996
Revised Manuscript: June 3, 1996
Published: November 10, 1996
M. P. Y. Desmulliez, B. S. Wherrett, A. J. Waddie, J. F. Snowdon, and J. A. B. Dines, "Performance analysis of self-electro-optic-effect-device-based (SEED-based) smart-pixel arrays used in data sorting," Appl. Opt. 35, 6397-6416 (1996)