In this talk we'll present the latest results on the integration of silicon-photonic interconnects in several fabrication processes. These include the world's first microprocessor communicating to the outside world with monolithically integrated Si- Photonic devices, as well as the first demonstration of photonics in a bulk CMOS process. We also illustrate some critical aspects of this technology that need to be addressed from integration, circuits and systems side. These breakthroughs pave the way for orders of magnitude improvement in performance of photonically-enhanced VLSI systems.
Moreover, just like integrating the inductor into CMOS in 1990s revolutionized the RF design and enabled mobile revolution, integration of silicon-photonic active and passive devices with CMOS is greatly positioned to revolutionize a number of analog and mixed-signal applications – low- phase noise signal sources and large bandwidth, high-resolution ADCs, to name a few.