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A High-Speed Optical Multi-Drop Bus for Computer Interconnections

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A High-Speed Optical Multi-Drop Bus for Computer Interconnections
Buses have historically provided a flexible communications structure in computer systems. However, signal integrity constraints of high-speed electronics have made multi-drop electrical busses infeasible. Instead, we propose an optical data bus for computer interconnections. It has two sets of optical waveguides, one as a fan-out and the other as a fan-in, that are used to interconnect different modules attached to the bus. A master module transmits optical signals which are received by all the slave modules attached to the bus. Each slave module in turn sends data back on the bus to the master module. Arrays of lasers, photodetectors, waveguides, microlenses, beamsplitters and Tx/Rx integrated circuits are used to realize the optical data bus. With 1mW of laser power, we are able to interconnect 8 different modules at 10 Gb/s per channel. An aggregate bandwidth of over 25 GB/s is achievable with 10 bit wide signaling paths.
Michael R. T. Tan, Paul Rosenberg, Jong Souk Yeo,
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where HOTI
Authors Michael R. T. Tan, Paul Rosenberg, Jong Souk Yeo, Moray McLaren, Sagi Mathai, Terry Morris, Joseph Straznicky, Norman P. Jouppi, Huei Pei Kuo, Shih-Yuan Wang, Scott Lerner, Pavel Kornilovich, Neal Meyer, Robert Bicknell, Charles Otis, Len Seals
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