Nano Scale Disruptive Silicon-Plasmonic Platform for Chip-to-Chip Interconnection

01 November 2011 → 31 July 2015
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Physical chemistry
silicon-plasmonic platform
Project description

The NAVOLCHI project explores, develops and demonstrates a novel nano-scale plasmonic chip-to-chip and system-in-package interconnection platform to overcome the bandwidth, foot-print and power consumption limitations of todays electrical and optical interconnect solutions. The technology exploits the ultra-compact dimensions and fast electronic interaction times offered by surface plasmon polaritons to build plasmonic transcelvers with a few square-micron footprints and speeds only limited by the RC constants. Key elements developed in this project are monolithically integrated plasmonic lasers, modulators, amplifiers and detectors on a CMOS platform. The transceivers will be interconnected by free space and fiber connect schemes. The plasmonic transceiver concept aims at overcoming the challenges posed by the need for massive parallel interchip communications. Yet, it is more fundamental as the availability of cheap miniturized transmitters and detectors on a single chip will enable new applications in sensing, biomedical testing and many other fields where masses of lasers and detectors are need to e.g. analyze samples. Economically, the suggested technology is a viable approach for a massive monolithic integration of optoelectronic functions on SI substrates as it relies to the most part on the standardized processes offered by the silicon industry. In addition the design and production cost of plasmonic devices are extremely low and with the dimension 100 times smaller over conventional devices they will require much lower energy to transfer data over short ranges of expertise of the consortium. It actually builds on the partners prior at such as demonstration of the first nano-scale plasmonic pillar laser. This project has the potential to create novel high-impact technologies by taking advantage of the manifold possibilities offered by plasmonic effects.