Free space optical interconnects for microelectronics and parallel computing

Sadik Esener, Sing H. Lee

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Free space optical interconnections offer some beneficial solutions to microelectronic problems, e.g., pin-ins, pin-outs, testing, and wafer scale integrations. When applied to an array of multiprocessors for parallel computing, free space interconnects can offer 3-D interconnection topology, 2-D parallel data inputs and outputs and shared memory architectures. Furthermore, if the optical interconnections are programmable, we shall be able to incorporate several computational architectures efficient for implementing several computational algorithms in one machine. In this review, many of these potential benefits of utilizing free space optical interconnections will be described in detail and various research topics currently under investigation at UCSD will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-92
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 23 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventOptical Interconnects in the Computer Environment 1989 - Boston, United States
Duration: Sep 5 1989Sep 7 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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