Towards Tb/s Coherent Silicon Photonic Links

An RFIC engineer will find a lot of common ground between a radio transceiver and a coherent silicon photonic transceiver. This talk will provide a system level overview and describe the similarities and differences. A contrast will also be made to intensity-modulation direct-detect silicon photonic transceivers. Silicon photonic and BiCMOS circuit-level details for transceivers operating at 0.5Tb/s will be described, followed by comments on some of the next research opportunities in coherent silicon photonics.