Abstract

We describe the design and analysis of an adaptive free-space optical interconnect between two circuit boards in a standard electronic backplane. An array of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers is used as the transmitter, and this communicates with a detector array on the receiver circuit board. Routing is achieved with a holographic crossbar that has a ferroelectric liquid-crystal spatial light modulator to display binary phase computer-generated holograms. A detailed analysis of a 48-channel interconnect designed to operate at 1 (Gbytes/s)/channel indicates that such a switch will operate successfully given typical components and card misalignments.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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