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José Capmany and Daniel Pérez

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198844402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198844402.001.0001

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Field Programmable Photonic Gate Arrays

Field Programmable Photonic Gate Arrays

(p.301) 9 Field Programmable Photonic Gate Arrays
Programmable Integrated Photonics

José Capmany

Daniel Pérez

Oxford University Press

The field programmable photonic gate array (FPPGA) is an integrated photonic device/subsystem that operates similarly to a field programmable gate array in electronics. It is a set of programmable photonics analogue blocks (PPABs) and of reconfigurable photonic interconnects (RPIs) implemented over a photonic chip. The PPABs provide the building blocks for implementing basic optical analogue operations (reconfigurable/independent power splitting and phase shifting). Broadly they enable reconfigurable processing just like configurable logic elements (CLE) or programmable logic blocks (PLBs) carry digital operations in electronic FPGAs or configurable analogue blocks (CABs) carry analogue operations in electronic field programmable analogue arrays (FPAAs). Reconfigurable interconnections between PPABs are provided by the RPIs. This chapter presents basic principles of integrated FPPGAs. It describes their main building blocks and discusses alternatives for their high-level layouts, design flow, technology mapping and physical implementation. Finally, it shows that waveguide meshes lead naturally to a compact solution.

Keywords:   file programmable gate arrays, programmable photonics, reconfigurable optical chips, integrated optics, high performance blocks, reversible gates

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