Technologies and Building Blocks for On-Chip Optical Interconnects

Part of the Embedded Systems book series (EMSY)


In this chapter we discuss the elemental building blocks to implement optical interconnects on a chip: light sources, photodetectors, switches and multiplexers and of course, the optical waveguides. We discuss how these building blocks can be implemented using silicon technology and evaluate the different integration strategies of the optical layer with electronics silicon photonics optical interconnectswaceguides modulators photodetectorshybrid integration.


Silicon photonics Optical interconnects Waceguides Modulators Photodetectors Hybrid integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information Technology, Photonics Research GroupGhent University – IMECGentBelgium
  2. 2.School of Information and Optoelectronic Science and EngineeringSouth China Normal UniversityGuangzhouChina

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