The European Commission has launched the GIBON project within its 6th Framework Programme (GIBON was launched May 1st, 2006 for a 3-year duration). This project addresses the challenges of very high bit rate opto-electronic transceivers suitable for 100 Gigabit Ethernet.

The exponential increase of data traffic, combined with the steady improvement in silicon CMOS performances, is already calling for the next step, beyond the 10 Gigabit Ethernet presently under deployment.
The focus of GIBON is on the demonstration of the highest speed components that integrate the optoelectronic transducers (light modulator and photodiode) with their driving electronics (driver and preamplifier respectively). New transmitters and receivers will be developed based on designs experienced at lower bit rates (40 and 80 Gbit/s) and their characteristics will be optimised in order to match specifications that will be derived from systems considerations. In order to reach the 100 Gbit/s objective, the integration technology that will be used for the transceivers is as important as the optoelectronic devices characteristics. Guidelines for the design and realization of integrated devices as well as for the components packaging will be given by a supporting Electro-Magnetic simulation activity. This project will be completed by an assessment of the fabricated components with respect to the projected application. 

Through this activity, GIBON aims to contribute establishing Europe as an active partner on the scene of beyond-10-Gigabit-Ethernet design and standardisation activities.

Opto-electronic integration for 100 Gigabit Ethernet Optical Networks
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