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Polymer multimode waveguide optical and electronic PCB manufacturing

Selviah, D.R.; (2009) Polymer multimode waveguide optical and electronic PCB manufacturing. In: Eldada, L.A. and Lee, E.-H., (eds.) Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits XI. (pp. p. 721905). International Society for Optical Engineering: Bellingham, US. Green open access

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Abstract

The paper describes the research in the £1.3 million IeMRC Integrated Optical and Electronic Interconnect PCB Manufacturing (OPCB) Flagship Project in which 8 companies and 3 universities carry out collaborative research and which was formed and is technically led by the author. The consortium’s research is aimed at investigating a range of fabrication techniques, some established and some novel, for fabricating polymer multimode waveguides from several polymers, some formulations of which are being developed within the project. The challenge is to develop low cost waveguide manufacturing techniques compatible with commercial PCB manufacturing and to reduce their alignment cost. The project aims to take the first steps in making this hybrid optical waveguide and electrical copper track printed circuit board disruptive technology widely available by establishing and incorporating waveguide design rules into commercial PCB layout software and transferring the technology for fabricating such boards to a commercial PCB manufacturer. To focus the research the project is designing an optical waveguide backplane to tight realistic constraints, using commercial layout software with the new optical design rules, for a demonstrator into which 4 daughter cards are plugged, each carrying an aggregate of 80 Gb/s data so that each waveguide carries 10 Gb/s.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Polymer multimode waveguide optical and electronic PCB manufacturing
ISBN-13:9780819474650
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1117/12.811529
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.811529
Language:English
Additional information:Copyright 2009 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited. Paper originally given at the conference: Photonics West: Session OE109 Optoelectronic integrated Circuits XI: Optical Interconnects II, San Jose, USA, Wednesday 28th January 2009. Please see http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/18146 for the presentation
Keywords:Polymer waveguide, design rules, fabrication, modeling, multimode, switch fabric demonstrator, crossings, 90° bends, straight tapers, bent tapers, photolithography, laser ablation, laser direct write, ink jet printing
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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