Smart-Pixel Technology Current Status and Future Trends

  • Marc P. Y. Desmulliez
  • Brian S. Wherrett


Smart-pixel technology or hybrid-VLSI electronics is emerging as a serious candidate for the fabrication of massively parallel, large throughput bandwidth optoelectronics systems. This chapter attemps to review the current state of the art and the future trends in this field. Basic considerations show that the technology depends on few parameters in the optical and electronic domains. A system-specific calculation on the optimum throughput is carried out in the case of the bitonic sorter demontrator which is being built at Heriot-Watt University. The methodology developed emphasizes the need for more compact, high sensitivity, high gain and low power consumption photoreceiver amplifiers as well as the development of short pulse duration, high modulation rate, high energy laser sources.


Spatial Light Modulator Clock Period Throughput Rate Voltage Swing Optical Interconnection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc P. Y. Desmulliez
    • 1
  • Brian S. Wherrett
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computing & Electrical EngineeringHeriot-Watt UniversityScotland, UK
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsHeriot-Watt UniversityScotland, UK

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