INTEGRATED OPTICAL COMPONENTS FOR WIDEBAND OPTICAL COMMUNICATION & OPTICAL COMPUTING

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9338
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Tacan Aerospace Corp.
2111 Palomar Airport Rd #100, Carlsbad, CA, 92008
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Michael M Salour
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Business Contact
Phone: (619) 438-1010
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
AS THE GEOMETRIES OF VERY LARGE-SCALE INTEGRATED CHIPS GROW SMALLER AND DENSER, AND AS COMPUTATIONS BECOME FASTER AND MORE COMPLEX, THE CAPACITY OF ELECTRIC CIRCUITS IS BEING OUTSTRIPPED. THE CONNECTIONS SIMPLY CANNOT HANDLE ELECTRIC SIGNALS FAST ENOUGH AND RELIABLY ENOUGH. IN ADVANCED SYSTEMS, THE POWER DRAIN AND THE SHEER NUMBERS OF THE WIRES LINKING THE CHIPS, AND LINKING THE CIRCUIT BOARDS, IS PROHIBITIVE. CONNECTING CIRCUITS BY LIGHT INSTEAD OF BY ELECTRIC SIGNALS PROMISES RELIEF. UNDER PHASE II OF THIS SBIR PROGRAM, WE PLAN TO EXPERIMENTALLY DEMONSTRATE INTEGRATEDD OPTICAL WAVEGUIDES THAT ALLOW OPTICAL CHANNELS TO BE INCORPORATED WITHIN OPTE-ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND PACKAGES. IN ADDITION WE WILL EXPLORE THEORETICALLY THE FULL POTENTIAL OF INTRABOARD OPTICAL INTERCONNECTIONS WHEN OPTO-ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS ARE INTEGRATED MONLITHICALLYWITH HIGH SPEED ELECTRONICS. THIS ANALYSIS WILL PROVIDE DIRECT CLUES TOWARD ELIMINATION OF THE EXCESS CAPACITANCE AND INDUCTANCE OF BONDING PADS AND WIRES WHICH SHOULD RESULTIN MONOLITHIC COMBINATIONS THAT OPERATE FASTER, USE LESS POWER, AND PRODUCE LESS NOISE THAT THE PRESENT HYBRIDS.

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