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SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL AMPLIFIER INTERCONNECTS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
14983
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14983
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Optical Networks Inc
3450 Hillview Ave Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL AMPLIFIER INTERCONNECTS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $519,728.00
 

Abstract:

A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM IN IMPLEMENTING OPTICAL INTERCONNECTS IS THE INHERENT ATTENUATION CAUSED BY THE SPLITTING AND COMBINING OF OPTICAL SIGNALS. ACTIVE INTERCONNECTS USING SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL AMPLIFIERS (SOAS) SHOW GREATPROMISE FOR OVERCOMING THOSE INHERENT LOSSES, AND FOR IMPROVING INTERCONNECT SPEEDS FROM MEMORY, PROCESSORS AND DISPLAYS IN DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING APPLICATIONS. HOWEVER, THESE DEVICES ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED BY INADEQUATE TECHNIQUES FOR INTERFACING THE DEVICES TO OPTICAL FIBER. OPTIVISION PROPOSES A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH FOR INTERFACING ACTIVE OPTICAL INTERCONNECTS WITH SOAS, BASED ON (1) APPLICATION-DRIVEN INTERFACE PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS, (2) A THEORETICAL ANALYUSIS OF OPTICAL MODE MATCHING AND ALIGNMENT TOLERANCES, (3) SOA DEVICE MODELLING, TEST, EVALUATION, AND DESIGN, AND (4) PACKAGING DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION. THE APPROACH STRESSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FLEXIBLE PACKAGE DESIGN WHICH CAN BE APPLIED TO A WIDE VARIETY OF PROTOTYPE DEVICES AND CAN BE IMPLEMENTED AT THE PHOTONICS LABORATORY WITH RELATIVELY LOW CAPITAL COSTS. OPTIVISION'S PREVIOUS ROLE IN MODELING, TEST, AND EVALUATION OF SOA INTERCONNECT DEVICES AT THE PHOTONICS LABORATORY, AND ITS ABILITY TO WORK WITH A NUMBER OF DEVICE MANUFACTURERS AND PACKAGING VENDORS ENABLES US TO EVOLVE AN ECLECTIC SOLUTION WHICH IS NOT CONSTRAINED BY ANY ONE PROPRIETARY DEVICE DESIGN OR PACKAGING TECHNIQUE.

Principal Investigator:

Robert F Kalman
Principal Investigator
4158550200

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Optivision Inc.
4009 Miranda Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94304

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No