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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2006 Vol.7 No.12 P.1961-1967


The Moore’s Law for photonic integrated circuits

Author(s):  THYLÉ,N L., HE Sailing, WOSINSKI L., DAI Daoxin

Affiliation(s):  Joint Research Center of Photonics of KTH The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden & Zhejiang University, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   lthylen@imit.kth.se, sailing@zju.edu.cn, lech@imit.kth.se, dxdai@zju.edu.cn

Key Words:  Moore&rsquo, s Law, Photonic integrated circuit (PIC), Photonic lightwave circuit (PLC), Photonic integration density, Photonic filters, Photonic multiplexing

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THYLÉN L., HE Sailing, WOSINSKI L., DAI Daoxin. The Moore’s Law for photonic integrated circuits[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2006, 7(12): 1961-1967.

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We formulate a “moore&rsquo;s Law” for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and their spatial integration density using two methods. One is decomposing the integrated photonics devices of diverse types into equivalent basic elements, which makes a comparison with the generic elements of electronic integrated circuits more meaningful. The other is making a complex component equivalent to a series of basic elements of the same functionality, which is used to calculate the integration density for functional components realized with different structures. The results serve as a benchmark of the evolution of PICs and we can conclude that the density of integration measured in this way roughly increases by a factor of 2 per year. The prospects for a continued increase of spatial integration density are discussed.

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