Writing 10 Gb/s data bits with addressing using external cavity-based SMFP-LDs

Bikash Nakarmi, Ikechi Augustine Ukaegbu, Hao Chen, Yong Hyub Won, Shilong Pan

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Memory accessing is one of the challenging issues for utilizing the improvements in processor speed. Due to the rapid enhancement on processor speed compared to the memory accessing technique, the gap between the memory accessing and processor speed is rapidly widening. Hence, a new technique to address this issue needs to be devised. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate the complete scheme of wavelength division multiplexing enabled memory write operation in the desired memory location using single mode Fabry-Pérot laser diodes (SMFP-LDs). For a proof of concept, we demonstrate writing a stream of data bits at 10 Gb/s data rate in a memory unit that consists of four single bit set-reset (SR) latches with a unique address. The input data bits are stored in the respective latch of the memory bank in accordance with the address bit set along with a write instruction. A higher order of memory units with address decoding can be realized by increasing the higher order of decoder and the memory units. The observed optical domain waveforms at the respective nodes of each block, eye diagram, SNR, and bit error rate (BER) prove the verification of writing input data to the desired memory locations using SMFP-LDs. We observed an extinction ratio of more than 12 dB, no noise floor at the BER of 10-12, and a maximum power penalty of about 2.5 dB in the proposed scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8693956
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2019


  • injection locking
  • memory writing
  • SR latch
  • wavelength division multiplexing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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