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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 10962–10968

30-Gb/s 90-nm CMOS-driven equalized multimode optical link

Brendan H. Hamel-Bissell, Jonathan E. Proesel, Benjamin G. Lee, Daniel M. Kuchta, Alexander V. Rylyakov, and Clint L. Schow  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 10962-10968 (2013)

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Abstract: We report an 850-nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL)-based optical link that achieves a new record in speed. The laser driver and receiver ICs are fabricated in standard 90-nm bulk CMOS, and the optoelectronic devices are commercial components. Operation at 30 Gb/s with a bit-error rate < 10−12 is achieved, representing to the authors’ knowledge the highest speed reported to date for a CMOS-based full optical link. Transmitter feed-forward equalization is shown to improve maximum data rate from 25 to 30 Gb/s, timing margin by 17% at 23.5 Gb/s, and receiver sensitivity by 4 dB at 23.5 Gb/s.

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(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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Original Manuscript: February 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 17, 2013
Published: April 26, 2013

Brendan H. Hamel-Bissell, Jonathan E. Proesel, Benjamin G. Lee, Daniel M. Kuchta, Alexander V. Rylyakov, and Clint L. Schow, "30-Gb/s 90-nm CMOS-driven equalized multimode optical link," Opt. Express 21, 10962-10968 (2013)

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