Industry’s hunger for network capacity continually grows. Fueling this hunger are companies like Facebook and Verizon that express near-term need for network capacity that far exceeds today’s bandwidth—often suggesting terabit-per-second (Tb/s) data rates are needed soon.
Supporting industry’s needs, protocols such as Ethernet have continually extended to faster data rates. Extrapolation of historical trends suggests 1 Tb/s data rates could be reached within a few years. Although the details of the data rate and protocol have yet to be defined, 1 Tb/s data-communication protocols appear inevitable. Realization of 1 Tb/s data rates requires developments in protocols, optics, electronics, and packaging all with the goal of providing cost-effective equipment to the network provider and services to the consumer.
As network speeds increase, the challenges associated with the developments in protocols, optics, electronics, and packaging as described by several metrics increase as well. To this end, this project will provide dedicated digital integrated systems for the development of Electro-Optical interfaces of Iper Capacity and Low Power Consumption Optical Fiber Transmission towards solving the above cited issues.