Abstract

The technical issues involved in applying vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL’s) to parallel optical interconnection systems are discussed from the viewpoint of their application to asynchronous transfer mode switching and parallel computer systems. We also discuss approaches to designing a VCSEL array structure for high-speed modulation and the effect of pixel-performance homogeneity on the transmission bandwidth and power consumption. We review monolithic and hybrid integration technologies for VCSEL-based smart-pixel arrays, and we estimate the maximum pixel number and input–output throughput allowed in a chip, considering the power consumption and pixel homogeneity. We show that a one-chip optoelectronic parallel processing system comprising more than 1000 processor elements is possible when smart-pixel arrays are fabricated under the 0.25-μm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor design rule.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (10)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (10)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription