High-speed ADC and DAC modules with fibre optic interconnections for telecom satellites

Veli Heikkinen, Eveliina Juntunen, Mikko Karppinen, Kari Kautio, Jyrki Ollila, Aila Sitomaniemi, Antti Tanskanen, Rory Casey, Shane Scott, Hélène Gachon, Michel Sotom, Norbert Venet, Jaakko Toivonen, Taisto Tuominen, Nikos Karafolas

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    The flexibility required for future telecom payloads calls for the introduction of more and more digital processing capabilities. Aggregate data throughputs of several Tbps will have to be handled onboard, thus creating the need for effective, ADCDSP and DACDSP highspeed links. ADC and DAC modules with optical interconnections is an attractive option as it can solve easily the transmission and routing of the expected huge amount of data. This technique will enable to increase the bandwidth and/or the number of beams/channels to be treated, or to support advanced digital processing architectures including beam forming. We realised electrooptic ADC and DAC modules containing an 8 bit, 2 GSa/s A/D converter and a 12 bit, 2 GSa/s D/A converter. The 4channel parallel fibre optic link employs 850nm VCSELs and GaAs PIN photodiodes coupled to 50/125μm fibre ribbon cable. ADCDSP and DSPDAC links both have an aggregate data rate of 25 Gbps. The paper presents the current status of this development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2008
    PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-1061621-9
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2017
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Space Optics 2008, ICSO 2008 - Toulouse, France
    Duration: 14 Oct 200817 Oct 2008

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    SeriesProceedings of SPIE


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Space Optics 2008, ICSO 2008


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