Abstract

The performance factors associated with self-electro-optic-effect-device- (SEED-) based smart-pixel arrays are analyzed in terms of semiconductor technology and pixel complexity. The sorting task is chosen as a practical example. Complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)–SEED 2 × 2 self-routing nodes operated with quasi-cw-mode lasers are shown to provide the maximum processing power and on-or off-chip communication rate. The need for new front-end amplifiers for the smart-pixel technology is emphasized.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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