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Silicon Photonics: A "Light" Introduction

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When Feb 20, 2014
from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Engr. IV Bldg., Shannon Room 54-134
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Ron Ho   

Architect at Oracle Labs


Silicon nanophotonic links have recently captured the attention of designers interested in their potential energy, area, and performance advantages over electrical links. An abstracted view of a silicon nanophotonic link is straightforward, and lends itself nicely to simple and useful system models. Unsurprisingly, however, the realities of building operating photonic links contains several subtleties that are worth understanding. In this talk we will introduce photonic links and why they are of interest to system designers, discuss their basic operation, and focus on one facet of their design: transmitters and thermal stability.


Ron Ho is an Architect at Oracle Labs, working on topics such as off-chip and on-chip communication circuits, memory packaging and architectures, and database acceleration hardware. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer and Director at Sun Microsystems, and from 1993--2003 he designed CPUs at Intel Corporation. He has served on the technical program committees for IEEE ISSCC, ASSCC, Hot Interconnects, ASYNC, and VLSI-DAT, and has served as guest editor for both the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. He has co-authored over 85 technical conference and journal papers, and has over 45 U.S. patents. Ron received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

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