Polymer filled silicon waveguides promise to bring photonics for CMOS chips, boosting their speed to 100s of GHz. Look for silicon photonics to blossom over the next few years. R.C.J.
Electro-optic-polymer-filled silicon waveguides could propagate optical signals on CMOS chips at up to 100 GHz, according to GigOptix-Helix AG, a subsidiary of GigOptix Inc. The company Wednesday (March 10) announced a $500,000 contract to prove the concept for a European Union project called the Silicon-Organic Hybrid Fabrication Platform for Integrated Circuits (SOFI). The SOFI program is funding seven research teams from four countries for three years. Each SOFI research team will be focusing on fabricating photonic modulators using optical waveguides on CMOS chip
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