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High-Density Optical Interconnects

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: High-Density Optical Interconnects
Agency: DOD
Contract: W31P4Q-14-C-0029
Award Amount: $149,884.00


To address the DARPA need to resolve the interconnect performance limitations in next-generation electronics, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Optical Nanoscale Interconnect (ONSET), based on space-efficient optical waveguide on-chip data communications. The innovation in the interconnect design and waveguide material, as well as optimized operating frequency, will enable the ONSET technology to improve the global data transfer rate and reduce heat dissipation in complex integrated circuits. As a result, the ONSET offers a potentially significant increase in performance and decrease in power consumption in next-generation microelectronics, which directly address the DARPA requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the ONSET technology by modeling and simulation, providing the required confinement for on-chip integration with<10 dB/cm propagation loss, with attention to manufacturability and compatibility with existing standard integrated circuit fabrication processes. In Phase II, POC plans to develop prototype optical interconnects and demonstrate their performance including propagation losses<20 dB/cm.

Principal Investigator:

Victor Grubsky
Director, Advanced X-ray Technology
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No