<p><a href="http://www.osa-jon.org/features/OIN_2004.html">Feature Issue on Optical Interconnection Networks (OIN)</a></p> We describe hybrid optical-electrical systems that perform header processing and buffering of ultrafast, asynchronous optical packets. Our systems are enabled by three key, novel devices: an all-optical serial-to-parallel converter, an optical clock-pulse generator, and a photonic parallel-to-serial-converter. These devices allow utilization of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology for compact, highly functional optical packet processing. A simplified node architecture for asynchronous, optical- packet-switched networks is made possible by these systems with all the necessary node functions integrated compactly. We also demonstrate an optical label swapper and a photonic random access memory for 40-Gbit/s, 16-bit, asynchronous optical packets.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Optical Interconnection Networks
Original Manuscript: August 16, 2004
Revised Manuscript: August 13, 2004
Published: November 29, 2004
Optical Interconnection Networks (2004) Journal of Optical Networking
Ryo Takahashi, T. Nakahara, K. Takahata, H. Takenouchi, T. Yasui, N. Kondo, and H. Suzuki, "Ultrafast optoelectronic packet processing for asynchronous, optical-packet-switched networks [Invited]," J. Opt. Netw. 3, 914-930 (2004)