Compact and Parallel Free-Space Optoelectronic Interconnection and Logic Operations with Optical Thyristors

H. Thienpont, A. Kirk, A. Goulet, V. Baukens, K. Praet, N. Nieuborg, M. Kuijk, R. Vounckx, and I. Veretennicoff, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, and P. Heremans and S. Borghs, IMEC, Leuven, Belgium

For several years there has been a realization that electronics is facing limits in both the speed and parallelism that may be achieved with conventional wiring. This is particularly apparent for chip-to-chip and board-to-board interconnects. Optics has been widely studied as a suitable high-speed interconnection medium to overcome this interconnection bottleneck. It is attractive due to its better immunity to capacitative and inductive crosstalk, signal dispersion, and electromagnetic interference.

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