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1 December 1990 Impact of polymer-integrated optics on silicon wafer area networks
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The maturation of silicon as a system wide "macrointegrated" technology suggests extremely compact, powerful computing systems in which communication will be among the most important functions. A silicon wafer area communication network which has the transmission function performed optically, ideally offers significant performance advantages over an electrical implementation, provided that it can be integrated compatibly within the electronic environment. Here, the suitability of long distance lightwave techniques for achieving the desired interconnection functionality is considered. The adaptations to conventional optical networks made necessary by electronic system cointegration constraints as well as the emerging role of optical polymers in achieving these adaptations at the wafer level are explored.
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Lawrence Anthony Hornak, Stuart K. Tewksbury, Timothy W. Weidman, Elizabeth W. Kwock, W. R. Holland, and Gary L. Wolk "Impact of polymer-integrated optics on silicon wafer area networks", Proc. SPIE 1337, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials III, (1 December 1990);

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