Abstract

The optical free-space interconnect is becoming increasingly important because of its high intrinsic density and routing capabilities. This paper deals with a free-space board-to-board interconnect, based on light-emitting diode arrays as sources. The design of the optical pathway is discussed, and some design rules and simulation results are presented. Two basic options (a lens array and a single lens) are evaluated, and their performance, in terms of power transfer, cross talk, and uniformity, are analyzed.

Experimental data are given for a configuration based on lens arrays.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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