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Intel Unveils Eight-Wavelength DFB Laser Array

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 28, 2022 — Intel reported an eight-wavelength distributed feedback (DFB) laser array fully integrated on a silicon wafer. The device delivers output power uniformity of +/- 0.25 dB and wavelength spacing uniformity of +/- 6.5%, exceeding industry specifications.
Illustration showing eight micro-ring modulators and optical waveguide. Each micro-ring modulator is tuned to a specific wavelength of light. Using multiple wavelengths enables each micro-ring to individually modulate the light to enable independent communication. Courtesy of Intel.
Illustration showing eight micro-ring modulators and optical waveguide. Each micro-ring modulator is tuned to a specific wavelength of light. Using multiple wavelengths enables each micro-ring to individually modulate the light to enable independent communication. Courtesy of Intel. 

The company said that the innovation marks a significant advancement in the capabilities of laser manufacturing in a high-volume CMOS fab, by using the same lithography technology used to manufacture 300-mm silicon wafers with tight process control. The technology ensures consistent wavelength separation of light sources while maintaining uniform output power, which results in meeting a requirement for optical compute interconnect and dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) communication.

Recent co-packaged optics solutions using DWDM technology have shown the promise of increasing bandwidth while significantly reducing the physical size of photonic chips.

However, it has been very difficult to produce DWDM light sources with uniform wavelength spacing and power, Intel said.

Further, Intel said, the next generation of compute input/output using optical interconnect can be tailor-made for the extreme demands of tomorrow’s high-bandwidth AI and machine learning workloads. The eight-wavelength DFB array was designed and fabricated using Intel’s commercial 300-mm hybrid silicon photonics platform, which is used to manufacture production optical transceivers in volume. Intel used advanced lithography to define the waveguide gratings in silicon prior to the III-V wafer bonding process. The technique resulted in better wavelength uniformity compared to conventional semiconductor lasers manufactured in 3- or 4-in. III-V wafer fabs.

Due to the tight integration of the lasers, the array also maintains its channel spacing when introduced to ambient temperature changes.

The advancement will enable the production of an optical source with the necessary performance for future high-volume applications in co-packaged optics and optical compute interconnect for emerging network-intensive workloads including AI, as well as and machine learning, Intel said.

The laser array is built on Intel’s 300-mm silicon photonics manufacturing process, granting the potential for high-volume manufacturing and broad deployment.

Many aspects of the technology are being implemented by Intel’s Silicon Photonics Products Division as part of a future optical compute interconnect chiplet product. The forthcoming product will offer power-efficient, high-performance multi-terabits per second interconnect between compute resources including CPUs, GPUs, and memory, Intel said.


Photonics.com
Jun 2022
GLOSSARY
wafer
A cross-sectional slice cut from an ingot of either single-crystal, fused, polycrystalline or amorphous material that has refined surfaces either lapped or polished. Wafers are used either as substrates for electronic device manufacturing or as optics. Typically, they are made of silicon, quartz, gallium arsenide or indium phosphide.
quantum
Smallest amount into which the energy of a wave can be divided. The quantum is proportional to the frequency of the wave. See photon.
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