A high-speed integrated optical wireless system demonstrator

Dominic C. O'brien, Grahame E. Faulkner, Kalok Jim, Emmanuel B. Zyambo, David J. Edwards, Mark Whitehead, Paul Stavrinou, Gareth Parry, Jacques Bellon, Martin J. Sibley, Vinod A. Lalithambika, Valencia M. Joyner, Rina J. Samsudin, David M. Holburn, Robert J. Mears

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The widespread use of Optical LANs is dependent on the ability to fabricate low cost transceiver components. These are usually complex, and fabrication involves the integration of optoelectronic and electronic devices, as well as optical components. A number of UK universities are currently involved in a project to demonstrate integrated optical wireless transceiver subsystems that can provide eyesafe line of sight in-building communication at 155Mbit/s and above, using 1550nm eyesafe emitters. 

The system uses two-dimensional arrays of novel microcavity LED emitters, and arrays of detectors integrated with custom CMOS integrated circuits to implement tracking transceiver components. The project includes design and fabrication of the optoelectronic devices, transimpedance amplifiers and optical systems, as well as flip-chip bonding of the optoelectronic and CMOS integrated circuits to create components scaleable to the large numbers of sources and detectors required. 

In this paper we report initial results from the first seven channel demonstrator system. Performance of individual components, their limitations and future directions are detailed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Wireless Communications IV
EditorsEric J. Korevaar
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780819442543, 0819442542
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2001
EventInternational Symposium on the Convergence of it and Communications - Denver, United States
Duration: 20 Aug 200124 Aug 2001

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceInternational Symposium on the Convergence of it and Communications
Abbreviated titleITCOM 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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