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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2006
  • pp: 4355–4365

2 Gbit∕s 0.5 μm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor optical transceiver with event-driven dynamic power-on capability

Xingle Wang, Fouad Kiamilev, Ping Gui, Xiaoqing Wang, Jeremy Ekman, Yongrong Zuo, Jason Blankenberg, and Michael Haney  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 18, pp. 4355-4365 (2006)

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A 2 Gb / s 0.5   μm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor optical transceiver designed for board- or backplane level power-efficient interconnections is presented. The transceiver supports optical wake-on-link (OWL), an event-driven dynamic power-on technique. Depending on external events, the transceiver resides in either the active mode or the sleep mode and switches accordingly. The active-to-sleep transition shuts off the normal, gigabit link and turns on dedicated circuits to establish a low-power ( 1 .8   mW ) , low data rate (less than 100 Mbits / s ) link. In contrast the normal, gigabit link consumes over 100 mW. Similarly the sleep-to-active transition shuts off the low-power link and turns on the normal, gigabit link. The low-power link, sharing the same optical channel with the normal, gigabit link, is used to achieve transmitter∕receiver pair power-on synchronization and greatly reduces the power consumption of the transceiver. A free-space optical platform was built to evaluate the transceiver performance. The experiment successfully demonstrated the event-driven dynamic power-on operation. To our knowledge, this is the first time a dynamic power-on scheme has been implemented for optical interconnects. The areas of the circuits that implement the low-power link are approximately one-tenth of the areas of the gigabit link circuits.

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(250.3140) Optoelectronics : Integrated optoelectronic circuits
(250.5300) Optoelectronics : Photonic integrated circuits

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Original Manuscript: June 13, 2005
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 2006

Xingle Wang, Fouad Kiamilev, Ping Gui, Xiaoqing Wang, Jeremy Ekman, Yongrong Zuo, Jason Blankenberg, and Michael Haney, "2 Gbit/s 0.5 μm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor optical transceiver with event-driven dynamic power-on capability," Appl. Opt. 45, 4355-4365 (2006)

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