In this report, we analyze the latest developments in optical interconnection at the chip level and the progress in this area that is being made by important research teams throughout the world. Both R&D and commercial development are discussed.
The report looks at this issue from the perspective of classic CPU chips as well as the latest architectures, and the opportunities for optical interconnection are compared to a possible future for metal interconnects and interconnect alternatives that are even more exotic than photonics; carbon nanotubes, especially.
The report also contains a 10-year roadmap that explains where and when the commercial opportunities for optical interconnection at the chip level will emerge and how much they will be worth. We also profile the leading firms and research efforts involved in designing and implementing on-chip and chip-to-chip optical interconnection.