Echelle gratings have long been recognized as the multiplexing block exhibiting smallest footprint and robustness in a wide number of applications compared to other alternatives such as the Arrayed Waveguide Grating. Such filtering devices can also perform in a similar way to cyclical AWGR and serve as mid-board routing platforms in multi-socket environments. In this communication, we present such a 3x3 Echelle grating integrated on thick SOI platform with aluminum-coated facets that is shown to perform successful wavelength-routing functionality at 10 Gb/s. The device exhibits a footprint of 60x270 μm2, while the static characterization showed a 3 dB on–chip loss for the best channel. The 3 dB-bandwidth of the channels was 4.5 nm and the free spectral range was 90 nm. The echelle was evaluated in a 2x2 wavelength routing topology, exhibiting a power penalty of below 0.4 dB at 10-9 BER for the C-band. Further experimental evaluations of the platform involve commercially available CWDM datacenter transceivers, towards emulating an optically-interconnected multi-socket environment traffic scenario.
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