A 25 Gb/s Hybrid-Integrated Silicon Photonic Source-Synchronous Receiver With Microring Wavelength Stabilization Academic Article uri icon


  • 1966-2012 IEEE. Single-mode wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) optical links are an attractive technology to meet the growing interconnect bandwidth demand in data center applications. This paper presents a multi-channel hybrid-integrated photonic receiver based on microring drop filters and waveguide photodetectors implemented in a 130 nm SOI process and high-speed optical front-ends designed in 65 nm CMOS. The source-synchronous receiver utilizes an LC injection-locked oscillator (ILO) in the clock path for improved jitter filtering, while maintaining correlated jitter tracking with the data channels. Receiver sensitivity is improved with a large input-stage feedback resistor transimpedance amplifier (TIA) cascaded with an adaptively-tuned continuous-time linear equalizer (CTLE). In order to stabilize the microring drop filter resonance wavelength, a peak-detector-based thermal tuning loop is implemented with a 0.7 nm range at 43 W /GHz efficiency. When tested with a waveguide photodetector with 0.45 A/W responsivity, the receiver achieves -8.0 dBm OMA sensitivity at a BER = 1012 with a jitter tolerance corner frequency near 20 MHz and a per-channel power consumption of 17 mW including amortized clocking power.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Yu, K., Li, C., Li, H., Titriku, A., Shafik, A., Wang, B., ... Palermo, S.

citation count

  • 49

complete list of authors

  • Yu, Kunzhi||Li, Cheng||Li, Hao||Titriku, Alex||Shafik, Ayman||Wang, Binhao||Wang, Zhongkai||Bai, Rui||Chen, Chin-Hui||Fiorentino, Marco||Chiang, Patrick Yin||Palermo, Samuel

publication date

  • September 2016