Abstract

A single-chip optical receiver with an integrated equalizer is used to achieve a high performance gigabit transmission over step-index plastic optical fiber (SI-POF). The integrated equalizer can compensate for different POF lengths up to 50 m. The integrated optical receiver is fabricated in a low-cost silicon 0.6 μm BiCMOS technology and has a power consumption of 100 mW. Real-time transmission at data rates of 1.8 Gbit/s over 20 m SI-POF and 1.25 Gbit/s over 50 m SI-POF with high sensitivities and BER of $10<sup>-9</sup> is achieved. The optical transmitter is based on an edge emitting laser.

© 2011 IEEE

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