Abstract

The emerging applications for inter and intradata center communications demand low-cost and small-from-factor optical transceivers with 100G/400G capacity. Various techniques, such as wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), multilevel pulse-amplitude modulation, and discrete multitone (DMT), are heavily investigated in this field. Among these techniques, DMT can offer 100G capacity with 10–20G optical devices using direct detection, which provides a very promising low-cost 100G/400G solution. In this paper, we report silicon photonic four-channel DMT integrated circuits, which demonstrate net channel rates of 70 and 100 Gb/s detected by integrated germanium receivers and commercial receivers, respectively. The silicon photonic chip integrates four silicon Mach–Zehnder modulators and WDM multiplexers using thermally tuned second-order microring filters. Besides the wavelength multiplexing functionality, we also demonstrate that these microrings can serve as vestigial sideband filters to enhance the transmission performance in 20–40 km ranges. These demonstrations indicate the promise of using low-cost and high-integrated silicon photonic circuits in high capacity 100G/400G applications.

© 2015 IEEE

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