Carlsbad, CA, United States
Carlsbad, CA, United States

Luxtera Inc., founded in 2001, is based in Carlsbad, California. Luxtera is a fabless semiconductor company that is using silicon photonics technology to build complex electro-optical systems in a production silicon CMOS process. It is the first company on the market with a product that monolithically incorporates active optics for data communications manufactured with low-cost silicon-based chip processing.This class of technology is widely predicted to displace large portions of the existing photonics industry that rely on discrete assemblies of electronic and photonic devices. Luxtera's partners include Freescale Semiconductor . Luxtera is a Caltech spin-out with funding from venture capital, its business partners, and DARPA. It was founded by a number of members of Prof. Axel Scherer's lab group, including Cary Gunn, Michael Hochberg, Tom Baehr-Jones, and also Axel Scherer. Other co-founders include Prof. Eli Yablonovitch and John Oxaal.In 2010, Luxtera was selected as one of MIT Technology Review's 50 Most Innovative Companies. Wikipedia.

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Methods and systems for a distributed optoelectronic receiver are disclosed and may include an optoelectronic receiver having a grating coupler, a splitter, a plurality of photodiodes, and a plurality of transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs). The receiver receives a modulated optical signal utilizing the grating coupler, splits the received signal into a plurality of optical signals, generates a plurality of electrical signals from the plurality of optical signals utilizing the plurality of photodiodes, communicates the plurality of electrical signals to the plurality of TIAs, amplifies the plurality of electrical signals utilizing the plurality of TIAs, and generates an output electrical signal from coupled outputs of the plurality of TIAs. Each TIA may be configured to amplify signals in a different frequency range. One of the plurality of electrical signals may be DC coupled to a low frequency TIA of the plurality of TIAs.


Methods and systems for hybrid integration of optical communication systems are disclosed and may include receiving continuous wave (CW) optical signals in a silicon photonics die (SPD) from an optical source external to the SPD. The received CW optical signals may be processed based on electrical signals received from an electronics die bonded to the SPD via metal interconnects. Modulated optical signals may be received in the SPD from optical fibers coupled to the SPD. Electrical signals may be generated in the SPD based on the received modulated optical signals and communicated to the electronics die via the metal interconnects. The CW optical signals may be received from an optical source assembly coupled to the SPD and/or from one or more optical fibers coupled to the SPD. The received CW optical signals may be processed utilizing one or more optical modulators, which may comprise Mach-Zehnder interferometer modulators.


Methods and systems for a connectionless integrated optical receiver and transmitter test are disclosed and may include an optoelectronic transceiver comprising a transmit (Tx) path and a receive (Rx) path, with each path comprising optical switches. The transceiver may be operable to: generate a first modulated optical signal utilizing a modulator in the Tx path, couple the first modulated optical signal to a first optical switch in the Rx path via a second optical switch in the Tx path when the optoelectronic transceiver is configured in a self-test mode, receive a second modulated optical signal via a grating coupler in the Rx path when the optoelectronics transceiver is configured in an operational mode, and communicate the second modulated optical signal to a photodetector in the Rx path via the first optical switch. The first modulated optical signal may be communicated to a grating coupler in the Tx path via the second optical switch.


Methods and systems for a distributed optoelectronic receiver are disclosed and may include an optoelectronic receiver having a grating coupler, a splitter, a plurality of photodiodes, and a plurality of transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs). The receiver receives a modulated optical signal utilizing the grating coupler, splits the received signal into a plurality of optical signals, generates a plurality of electrical signals from the plurality of optical signals utilizing the plurality of photodiodes, communicates the plurality of electrical signals to the plurality of TIAs, amplifies the plurality of electrical signals utilizing the plurality of TIAs and generates an output electrical signal from coupled outputs of the plurality of TIAs. Each TIA may be configured to amplify signals in a different frequency range. One of the plurality of electrical signals may be DC coupled to a low frequency TIA of the plurality of TIAs.


Methods and systems for split voltage domain receiver circuits are disclosed and may include amplifying complementary received signals in a plurality of partial voltage domains. The signals may be combined into a single differential signal in a single voltage domain. Each of the partial voltage domains may be offset by a DC voltage from the other partial voltage domains. The sum of the partial domains may be equal to a supply voltage of the integrated circuit. The complementary signals may be received from a photodiode. The amplified received signals may be amplified via stacked common source amplifiers, common emitter amplifiers, or stacked inverters. The amplified received signals may be DC coupled prior to combining. The complementary received signals may be amplified and combined via cascode amplifiers. The voltage domains may be stacked, and may be controlled via feedback loops. The photodetector may be integrated in the integrated circuit.


Methods and systems for a chip-on-wafer-on-substrate assembly are disclosed and may include in an integrated optical communication system comprising an electronics die and a substrate. The electronics die is bonded to a first surface of a photonic interposer and the substrate is coupled to a second surface of the photonic interposer opposite to the first surface. An optical fiber and a light source assembly are coupled to the second surface of the interposer in one or more cavities formed in the substrate. The integrated optical communication system is operable to receive a continuous wave (CW) optical signal in the photonic interposer from the light source assembly; and communicate a modulated optical signal to the optical fiber from said photonic interposer. A mold compound may be on the first surface of the interposer and in contact with the electronics die. The received CW optical signal may be coupled to an optical waveguide in the photonic interposer using a grating coupler.


Methods and systems for encoding multi-level pulse amplitude modulated signals using integrated optoelectronics are disclosed and may include generating a multi-level, amplitude-modulated optical signal utilizing an optical modulator driven by first and second electrical input signals, where the optical modulator may configure levels in the multi-level amplitude modulated optical signal, drivers are coupled to the optical modulator; and the first and second electrical input signals may be synchronized before being communicated to the drivers. The optical modulator may include optical modulator elements coupled in series and configured into groups. The number of optical modular elements and groups may configure the number of levels in the multi-level amplitude modulated optical signal. Unit drivers may be coupled to each of the groups. The electrical input signals may be synchronized before communicating them to the unit drivers utilizing flip-flops. Phase addition may be synchronized utilizing one or more electrical delay lines.


Methods and systems for a low-voltage integrated silicon high-speed modulator may include an optical modulator comprising first and second optical waveguides and two optical phase shifters, where each of the two optical phase shifters may comprise a p-n junction with a horizontal section and a vertical section and an optical signal is communicated to the first optical waveguide. A portion of the optical signal may then be coupled to the second optical waveguide. A phase of at least one optical signal in the waveguides may be modulated utilizing the optical phase shifters. A portion of the phase modulated optical signals may be coupled between the two waveguides, thereby generating two output signals from the modulator. A modulating signal may be applied to the phase shifters which may include a reverse bias.


Methods and systems for grating couplers incorporating perturbed waveguides are disclosed and may include in a semiconductor photonics die, communicating optical signals into and/or out of the die utilizing a grating coupler on the die, where the grating coupler comprises perturbed waveguides. The perturbed waveguides may include rows of continuous waveguides with scatterers extending throughout a length of said perturbed waveguides a variable width along their length. The grating coupler may comprise a single polarization grating coupler comprising perturbed waveguides and a non-perturbed grating. The grating coupler may comprise a polarization splitting grating coupler (PSGC) that includes two sets of perturbed waveguides at a non-zero angle, or a plurality of non-linear rows of discrete shapes. The PSGC may comprise discrete scatterers at an intersection of the sets of perturbed waveguides. The grating coupler may comprise individual scatterers between the perturbed waveguides.


Methods and systems for a polarization immune wavelength division multiplexing demultiplexer are disclosed and may include, in an optoelectronic transceiver having an input coupler, a demultiplexer, and an amplitude scrambler: receiving input optical signals via the input coupler, communicating the input optical signals to the amplitude scrambler via waveguides, configuring the average optical power in each of the waveguides utilizing the amplitude scrambler, and demultiplexing the optical signals utilizing the demultiplexer. The amplitude scrambler may include phase modulators and a coupling section. The phase modulators may include sections of P-N junctions in the two waveguides. The demultiplexer may include a Mach-Zehnder Interferometer. The demultiplexed signals may be received utilizing photodetectors. The input coupler may include a polarization splitting grating coupler. The average optical power may be configured above which demultiplexer control circuitry is able to control the demultiplexer to process incoming optical signals.

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