Parallel distributed free-space optoelectronic compute engine using flat `plug-on-top' optics package

C. Berger, J. Ekman, X. Wang, P. Marchand, H. Spaanenburg, F. Kiamilev, S. Esener

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

16 Scopus citations


We report about ongoing work on a free-space optical interconnect system, which will demonstrate a Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) calculation, distributed among six processor chips. Logically, the processors are arranged in two linear chains, where each element communicates optically with its nearest neighbors. Physically, the setup consists of a large motherboard, several multi-chip carrier modules, which hold the processor/driver chips and the optoelectronic chips (arrays of lasers and detectors), and several plug-on-top optics modules, which provide the optical links between the chip carrier modules. The system design tries to satisfy numerous constraints, such as compact size, potential for mass-production, suitability for large arrays (up to 1024 parallel channels), compatibility with standard electronics fabrication and packaging technology, potential for active misalignment compensation by integrating MEMS technology, and suitability for testing different imaging topologies. We present the system architecture together with details of key components and modules, and report on first experiences with prototype modules of the setup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1045
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventOptics in Computing 2000 - Quebec City, Can
Duration: Jun 18 2000Jun 23 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Parallel distributed free-space optoelectronic compute engine using flat `plug-on-top' optics package'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this