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

Main Objectives

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 transceivers 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 miniaturized 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 multi-processor cluster systems.

At a Glance

Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohl
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Tel:+49 721 608 22798
 +49 721 608 22740
Fax:+49 721 608 25522
Project number: 288869
Duration: 11/2011 - 10/2014
Total Cost: 3.4M €
EC Contribution: 2.4M €