Reconfigurable Nanophotonic Optical Interconnects for Advanced FPGAs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,954.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-06-C-0065
Award Id:
78115
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-006-0416
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
EM PHOTONICS, INC. (Currently EM PHOTONICS INC)
51 East Main Street, Suite 203, Newark, DE, 19711
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
071744143
Principal Investigator:
Ahmed Sharkawy
Director Of Photonic Applications
(302) 456-9003
sharkawy@emphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Eric Kelmelis
Vice President
(302) 456-9003
kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF DELAWARE
Dennis Prather
140 Evans Hall
Newark, DE, 19711
(302) 831-8170
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Optically interconnected systems provide a number of additional benefits. For example, by removing metallic traces, many signal integrity issues are also eliminated as the parasitic capacitance and inductance associated with high-speed lines are removed, which further improves systems performance. Additionally, such systems typically require less power and experience less leakage, or wasted power, which is critical in space-borne applications. Moreover, an optical system is immune to the standard radiation effects of the harsh space environment. To this end, we propose the development of an optically reconfigurable nanophotonic interconnect for advanced FPGA. By removing the electrical interconnections between logic blocks, data can be quickly and efficiently routed across the FPGA. Such a novel design will remove the routing bottleneck associated with existing FPGA architectures and enable the rapid development of high performance FPGA systems.

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