System-level modeling and simulation of the 10G optoelectronic interconnect

Mark Kahrs, Steven P. Levitan, Donald M. Chiarulli, Timothy P. Kurzweg, José A. Martínez, Jason Boles, Abhijit J. Davare, Ethan Jackson, Craig Windish, Fouad Kiamilev, Amitava Bhaduri, Mohammed Taufik, Xingle Wang, Arthur S. Morris, James Kruchowski, Barry K. Gilbert

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Mixed-signal multidomain systems present a challenge for computer-aided design tools. Optical and electronic simulation tools are available as separate entities. However, to date, successful system-level cosimulation has not been implemented, leading to expensive refabrication. We present a unique system-level simulation tool for mixed electrooptical systems. We apply our tool Chatoyant to the simulation of an optical high-speed free-space interconnect system designed for 10-GHz speeds. The 10G free-space optical interconnect module has optical, optoelectronic, and microwave components and thus is an ideal vehicle to use as a test system. We demonstrate how Chatoyant, a mixed-signal multidomain simulator, has been used to evaluate end-to-end performance of this complex system, including the exploration of design tradeoffs and mechanical tolerancing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3244-3256
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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