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 partial integration of wavelength division multiplexing and bi-directional solutions are disclosed and may include, an optical transceiver on a silicon photonics integrated circuit coupled to a planar lightwave circuit (PLC). The silicon photonics integrated circuit may include a first modulator and first light source that operates at a first wavelength and a second modulator and second light source that operates at a second wavelength. The transceiver and PLC are operable to modulate a first continuous wave (CW) optical signal from the first light source utilizing the first modulator driven by a first electrical signal and modulate a second CW optical signal from the second light source utilizing the second modulator driven by a second electrical signal. The modulated signals may be communicated from the modulators to the PLC utilizing a first pair of grating couplers in the IC and combined in the PLC.


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 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 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.


A method and system is provided for cassette based wavelength division multiplexing. Higher throughput per laser colored transceivers are disclosed that can be multiplexed at the patch panel where an implementation may comprise a dense WDM grid that enables parts to meet PSM4 specs natively regardless of color. The server to Tier 1 switch may utilize short reach PSM4 interconnects, at distances typically less than 500 meters. The Tier 1 to Tier 2 switch may utilize higher density per fiber. The outbound facing interface of Tier 1 switch has colored PSM4 interfaces and may have tight wavelength separation to enable PSM4 interoperability. The shuffling/multiplexing of colored modules may be configured outside the switch, where the aggregating cassette may be part of the patch panel and comprise a top of rack media converter.


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 large silicon photonic interposers by stitching are disclosed and may include, in an integrated optical communication system including CMOS electronics die coupled to a silicon photonic interposer, where the interposer includes a plurality of reticle sections: communicating an optical signal between two of the plurality of reticle sections utilizing a waveguide. The waveguide may include a taper region at a boundary between the two reticle sections, the taper region expanding an optical mode of the communicated optical signal prior to the boundary and narrowing the optical mode after the boundary. A continuous wave (CW) optical signal may be received in a first of the reticle sections from an optical source external to the interposer. The CW optical signal may be received in the interposer from an optical source assembly coupled to a grating coupler in the first of the reticle sections in the silicon photonic interposer.

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