Abstract

An optical backplane ecosystem is described and demonstrated that is capable of multi-Tb/s bandwidth and is based on embedded polymer waveguides, passive optical backplane connectors, and midboard optical transceivers with bandwidth up to 28 Gb/s per lane. These systems provide the highest bandwidth-density, lowest power consumption, while maintaining the signal integrity. Ecosystems built around this architecture will provide the bandwidth-density required for next generation fabric interconnect for storage, switching, and routing applications in future high capacity generations of Data Centers and HPC systems. To demonstrate the applicability of this technology, it was used to provide embedded optical connectivity within a functional data storage enclosure.

© 2013 IEEE

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