Reconfigurable Nanophotonic Optical Interconnects for Advanced FPGAs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0065
Agency Tracking Number: F064-006-0416
Amount: $99,954.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street, Suite 203, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 071744143
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ahmed Sharkawy
 Director Of Photonic Applications
 (302) 456-9003
Business Contact
 Eric Kelmelis
Title: Vice President
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Research Institution
 Dennis Prather
 140 Evans Hall
Newark, DE, 19711
 (302) 831-8170
 Nonprofit college or university
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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