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Authors: W. Bogaerts
Title: Large-scale Programmable Silicon Photonics
Format: International Conference Proceedings
Publication date: 5/2018
Journal/Conference/Book: European Conference on Integrated Optics (invited)
Volume(Issue): 2018 p.We.3.A.1
Location: Valencia, Spain
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In the past few years, new concepts for general-purpose, programmable photonic integrated circuits have been proposed. These stand in contrast to custom-designed, application-specific photonic integrated circuits (ASPIC), in a similar way as electronic field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and microcontrollers stand in contrast with application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC). Several programmable PIC concepts have already been experimentally demonstrated on a modest scale, reproducing functionality in programming that was hitherto limited to custom-designed hardware. The PhotonicSWARM project looks into the scaling potential of such programmable PICs, combining distributed optical paths with distributed control algorithms to keep larger circuits manageable. We will discuss these concepts and the recent results in this project, implemented using silicon photonics technology.

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