Applications and design considerations for optical interconnects in VLSI

L. Bergman, A. Johnston, R. Nixon, Sadik Esener, C. Guest, P. Yu, T. Drabik, M. Feldman, S. H. Lee

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Abstract

This paper introduces new applications and design tradeoffs anticipated for free space optical interconnections of VLSI chips. New implementations of VLSI functions are described that use the capability of making optical inputs at any point on a chip, and take advantage of greater flexibility in on-chip signal routing. These include N-port addressable memories, CPU clock phase distribution, hardware multipliers, dynamic memory refresh, as well as enhanced testability. Fault tolerance and production yields may be improved by reprogramming the optical imaging system to circumvent defective elements. These attributes, as well as those related to performance alone, will affect the design methodology of future VLSI ICs. This paper will focus on identifying the design issues, their possible solution, and their impact on VLSI design techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-126
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume625
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 9 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Optical Interconnects
optical interconnects
Optical interconnects
very large scale integration
Chip
chips
VLSI Design
Optical Imaging
Free Space
Fault Tolerance
fault tolerance
Data storage equipment
Imaging System
Interconnection
Optical System
Design Methodology
Multiplier
multipliers
Routing
tradeoffs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Applications and design considerations for optical interconnects in VLSI. / Bergman, L.; Johnston, A.; Nixon, R.; Esener, Sadik; Guest, C.; Yu, P.; Drabik, T.; Feldman, M.; Lee, S. H.

In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Vol. 625, 09.06.1986, p. 117-126.

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Bergman, L. ; Johnston, A. ; Nixon, R. ; Esener, Sadik ; Guest, C. ; Yu, P. ; Drabik, T. ; Feldman, M. ; Lee, S. H. / Applications and design considerations for optical interconnects in VLSI. In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. 1986 ; Vol. 625. pp. 117-126.
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