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Optical Interconnect Using Optopolymer Material
Keywords: OPTICAL INTERCONNECT , OPTOPOLYMER, organic optical waveguide
Optical waveguides based on organic materials have been fabricated in a laboratory environment but the scaling and manufacturing processes needed to produce these waveguides have been scant. The volume production of low loss organic waveguides in a conventional state of the art PWB manufacturing plant is explored by the authors and the results are presented in this paper. The emphasis of our work is in developing scalable processes to produce high yield and low cost organic optical waveguide in a manufacturing environment. In this paper, we will show various organic optical waveguide samples using the fabrication methods developed in our facility. Discussion of the processes, materials and equipment sets that are employed in the fabrication of the organic optical waveguides will be presented. The preparation of substrates to be used as the base for waveguide build up layers is described. The requirements of clean room processing steps for the subsequent fabrication of optical layers will be explained. Rational of fabrication tool set and process selection will be discussed. Loss measurement test equipments and test strategy of organic optical waveguides will also be described. Finally, waveguide reliability and loss measurement results will be presented.
How Lin, Chief Scientist
Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
Endicott, NY

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