A vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) driver design that utilizes a novel push-pull circuit topology is described. The VCSEL driver design can provide both a current pushing and a current pulling mechanism and therefore is capable of producing symmetric rise and fall times. The design was implemented in a 0.18-μm foundry n-well complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology and operates at data rates up to 2.5 Gb/s with a power consumption of 45 mW at an average optical output power of 1 mW.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2003
Revised Manuscript: December 15, 2003
Published: May 1, 2004
David V. Plant, Alan E. L. Chuah, Michael B. Venditti, and Andrei D. Isac, "0.18-μm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor push-pull vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser driver operating at 2.5 Gb/s with symmetric rising and falling edges," Appl. Opt. 43, 2730-2733 (2004)