OFDM/WDM PON with laserless, colorless 1 Gb/s ONUs based on Si-PIC and slow IC

Agmon, A., Nazarathy, M., Marom, D.M., Ben-Ezra, S., Tolmachev, A., Killey, R., Bayvel, P., Meder, L., Michael Hübner, Meredith, W., Vickers, G., Schindler, P.C., Schmogrow, R., Hillerkuss, D., Freude, W., Koos, C., Leuthold, J.

Optical Communications and Networking, IEEE/OSA Journal of


We introduce a next-generation long-reach access optical network (35 dB loss budget +2 dB margin) delivering up to 40G/40G per passive 1:256 optical distribution network, supporting symmetrical 1 Gb/s rates per home user or up to 40 Gb/s for business users (e.g., enterprises, antenna sites). The proposed system is based on a novel spectrally efficient orthogonal frequency division multiplexing/wavelength division multiplexing OFDM/WDM architecture symmetrically using 16-QAM OFDM polarization diversity in both the downstream and upstream in order to serve low-cost energy-efficient symmetric 1 Gb/s optical network units (ONUs), which are self-coherent, laserless, colorless, and tunable-filter-free. Each ONU comprises a standard semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA), a silicon-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC), and mixed-signal electronic integrated circuits (ICs) performing the signal processing at a relatively slow rate as compared with the overall passive optical network (PON) throughput: digital to analog converters (DACs) and analog to digital converters (ADCs) at 417 MS/s for the home user ONUs.