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 <i>n</i>-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.
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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)