Passive and electro-optic polymer photonics and InP electronics integration for multi-flow terabit transceivers at edge SDN switches and data-center gateways

Hercules Avramopoulos, V. Katopodis, P. Groumas, L. Gounaridis, A. Konczykowska, Z. Zhang, G. De Valicourt, R. Dinu, A. Vannucci, Tom Keinicke Johansen, A. Pagano, C. Kouloumentas

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Within PANTHER research project, we aim to develop multi-rate, multi-format, multi-reach and multi-flow terabit transceivers for data-center gateways, having the capability of flexibly controlling this enormous capacity and distributing it among independent optical flows. To this end, we combine electro-optic with passive polymers and we develop a novel photonic integration platform with unprecedented potential for high-speed modulation and optical functionality on-chip. We also rely on the combination of polymers with InP elements and the use of InP-DHBT electronics for driving circuits based on 3-bit power-DACs and high-speed TIA arrays. Using 3D integration techniques, we also aim to integrate these components in system-in-package transceivers capable of operation at 64 Gbaud, operation with formats up to DP-64-QAM and flexibility in the handling of multiple optical flows on-chip. In this paper, we present the system level vision and the technical approach for the development of these modules, and we present the concept for a thin software layer that will control the parameters of the transceivers and will extend the SDN hierarchy down to the flexible optical transport layer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICTON 2014
Number of pages4
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-5601-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event16th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks - Graz, Austria
Duration: 6 Jul 201410 Jul 2014
Conference number: 16


Conference16th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks
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  • computer centres
  • electro-optical devices
  • indium compounds
  • optical fibre networks
  • optical polymers
  • optical transceivers
  • system-in-package
  • Communication, Networking and Broadcast Technologies
  • Components, Circuits, Devices and Systems
  • Engineered Materials, Dielectrics and Plasmas
  • Photonics and Electrooptics
  • 3D integration
  • 3D integration techniques
  • Computer vision
  • data center gateways
  • edge SDN switches
  • electronics integration
  • electrooptic polymer photonics
  • flexible optical transport layer
  • flexible transmitter
  • high speed modulation
  • Image motion analysis
  • independent optical flows
  • InP-DHBT electronics
  • Integrated optics
  • Modulation
  • multiflow terabit transceivers
  • optical flows
  • Optical polarization
  • Optical transmitters
  • passive polymer photonics
  • photonic integration platform
  • polymer photonics
  • Polymers
  • SDN
  • system in package transceivers
  • system level vision
  • thin software layer


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