11 March 2013 Multi-wavelength access gate for WDM-formatted words in optical RAM row architectures
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Proceedings Volume 8621, Optical Components and Materials X; 86210D (2013) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2002580
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2013, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
Optical RAM has emerged as a promising solution for overcoming the “Memory Wall” of electronics, indicating the use of light in RAM architectures as the approach towards enabling ps-regime memory access times. Taking a step further towards exploiting the unique wavelength properties of optical signals, we reveal new architectural perspectives in optical RAM structures by introducing WDM principles in the storage area. To this end, we demonstrate a novel SOAbased multi-wavelength Access Gate for utilization in a 4x4 WDM optical RAM bank architecture. The proposed multiwavelength Access Gate can simultaneously control random access to a 4-bit optical word, exploiting Cross-Gain-Modulation (XGM) to process 8 Bit and Bit channels encoded in 8 different wavelengths. It also suggests simpler optical RAM row architectures, allowing for the effective sharing of one multi-wavelength Access Gate for each row, substituting the eight AGs in the case of conventional optical RAM architectures. The scheme is shown to support 10Gbit/s operation for the incoming 4-bit data streams, with a power consumption of 15mW/Gbit/s. All 8 wavelength channels demonstrate error-free operation with a power penalty lower than 3 dB for all channels, compared to Back-to-Back measurements. The proposed optical RAM architecture reveals that exploiting the WDM capabilities of optical components can lead to RAM bank implementations with smarter column/row encoders/decoders, increased circuit simplicity, reduced number of active elements and associated power consumption. Moreover, exploitation of the wavelength entity can release significant potential towards reconfigurable optical cache mapping schemes when using the wavelength dimension for memory addressing.
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D. Fitsios, T. Alexoudi, C. Vagionas, A. Miliou, G. T. Kanellos, N. Pleros, "Multi-wavelength access gate for WDM-formatted words in optical RAM row architectures", Proc. SPIE 8621, Optical Components and Materials X, 86210D (11 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2002580; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2002580
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