Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A

, Volume 7, Issue 12, pp 1961–1967

The Moore’s Law for photonic integrated circuits

Authors

  • Thylén L. 
    • Joint Research Center of Photonics of KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) & Zhejiang UniversityZhejiang University
    • Department of Microelectronics and Information TechnologyRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • He Sailing 
    • Joint Research Center of Photonics of KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) & Zhejiang UniversityZhejiang University
    • Centre for Optical and Electromagnetic ResearchZhejiang University
  • Wosinski L. 
    • Joint Research Center of Photonics of KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) & Zhejiang UniversityZhejiang University
    • Department of Microelectronics and Information TechnologyRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Dai Daoxin 
    • Joint Research Center of Photonics of KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) & Zhejiang UniversityZhejiang University
    • Centre for Optical and Electromagnetic ResearchZhejiang University
Science Letters

DOI: 10.1631/jzus.2006.A1961

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Thylén, L., He, S., Wosinski, L. et al. J. Zhejiang Univ. - Sci. A (2006) 7: 1961. doi:10.1631/jzus.2006.A1961
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Abstract

We formulate a “Moore’s law” for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and their spatial integration density using two methods. One is decomposing the integrated photonics devices of diverse types into equivalent basic elements, which makes a comparison with the generic elements of electronic integrated circuits more meaningful. The other is making a complex component equivalent to a series of basic elements of the same functionality, which is used to calculate the integration density for functional components realized with different structures. The results serve as a benchmark of the evolution of PICs and we can conclude that the density of integration measured in this way roughly increases by a factor of 2 per year. The prospects for a continued increase of spatial integration density are discussed.

Key words

Moore’s LawPhotonic integrated circuit (PIC)Photonic lightwave circuit (PLC)Photonic integration densityPhotonic filtersPhotonic multiplexing

CLC number

TN2
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