Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A

, Volume 7, Issue 12, pp 1961–1967

The Moore’s Law for photonic integrated circuits

  • Thylén L. 
  • He Sailing 
  • Wosinski L. 
  • Dai Daoxin 
Science Letters

DOI: 10.1631/jzus.2006.A1961

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

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 Law Photonic integrated circuit (PIC) Photonic lightwave circuit (PLC) Photonic integration density Photonic filters Photonic multiplexing 

CLC number

TN2 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thylén L. 
    • 1
    • 2
  • He Sailing 
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wosinski L. 
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dai Daoxin 
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Joint Research Center of Photonics of KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) & Zhejiang UniversityZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Microelectronics and Information TechnologyRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)KistaSweden
  3. 3.Centre for Optical and Electromagnetic ResearchZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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