Silicon Photonic Networks
Today, nearly all computer networks rely on the use of simple copper wire for data transmission and on-board chip to chip communication. However, the need for higher transfer rates has exceeded what copper is capable of. Therefore, a new method of data transmission and processing needs to be developed. The future lies in photonics. Silicon photonics is an area of research and development that utilizes silicon lasers and fiber optics in place of copper and electronic signals. Such systems can achieve data rates of at least 40 – 100 Gbps, while consuming less power than slower 10 Gbps Ethernet. Our program is working to develop the electronic circuits to interface with this new system using computer modeling.