Optical interconnects: Fundamentals

D. Tsiokos*, G. T. Kanellos

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Optical interconnects technology is introduced as the successor to electrical interconnects in order to address current and forthcoming needs for the transfer of large data volumes in constantly growing data centers and high-end computing systems. In this chapter we present the fundamental principles of optical interconnects, the scene behind their deployment, and basic application and industry trends. Following this, we provide an overview of the key technologies enabling optical interconnects, including photonic active and passive components, photonic integration and assembly technologies, and related systems.The capabilities of current technologies in conjunction with projected requirements and technology roadmap in terms of energy efficiency, bandwidth, and cost are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Interconnects for Data Centers
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9780081005125
ISBN (Print)9780081005132
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2016


  • Active optical cables
  • Board-to-board interconnects
  • Data centers
  • Data communications
  • On-board interconnects
  • Optical engines
  • Optical interconnects
  • Photonic components


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