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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 23 — Aug. 10, 1998
  • pp: 5479–5487

Compact polarization-based all-optical interconnection systems with growth capability

Nadav Cohen, David Mendlovic, Bruce Leibner, and Naim Konforti  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 23, pp. 5479-5487 (1998)

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All-optical communication requires all-optical interconnections, thus leading to reliable, fast, and flexible modular communication means in future systems. Free-space approaches are advantageous since they fully use the two dimensions optics offer. A folded architecture based on a polarization code is proposed for dynamic optical interconnection. The suggested systems are compact and appropriate for both intracomputer and intercomputer communication. The modularity of the proposed architecture is presented, and a growth rule for the fully connected versions of the system is introduced. The proposed approach significantly reduces both the price of the interconnection systems and their complexity. Presented are 4 × 4 and 8 × 8 fully connected switches, a rearrangeable nonblocking 4 × 4 switch, and a crossbar architecture.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects

Original Manuscript: August 21, 1997
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 1998
Published: August 10, 1998

Nadav Cohen, David Mendlovic, Bruce Leibner, and Naim Konforti, "Compact polarization-based all-optical interconnection systems with growth capability," Appl. Opt. 37, 5479-5487 (1998)

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