An ultra-small silicon-based microring modulator and filter were proposed to generate and demodulate NRZ DPSK at 10 Gb/s. In this paper, we analyze performance dependencies of the modulator and demodulator under different operating conditions, such as variable laser linewidth, phase shift, demodulator offset and receiver bandwidth. Data quality of the microring-based DPSK transceiver can be optimized with eye-opening improvement of up to 7 dB. Transmission performance of the all-microring-based DPSK signal over a 70-km single mode fiber is compared to that of DPSK using a Mach-Zehnder modulator and a delay-line interferometer.
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