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1 High speed GaN micro-LED arrays for data communications N. Laurand(1), J.J.D. McKendry(1), A.E. Kelly(2), S. Zhang(1), J. Vinogradov(3), D. Massoubre(1), B.R. Rae(4), R.P. Green(5), E. Gu(1), O. Ziemann(3), R.K. Henderson(4) and M.D. Dawson(1)1: Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK2: School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK3: POF-Application Center, Georg Simon Ohm University, Nürnberg, Germany4: School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK5: Department of Physics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
2 Introduction to micro-LEDs 0.5mmMicro-stripesMatrix-addressableIII-nitride wafers grown on sapphireUV (370nm), violet (405nm) blue (450 and 470nm) and green (520nm)Patterned by standard photolithographyM.D. Dawson and M.A.A. Neil, “Micro-pixellated LEDs for science and instrumentation” J Phys D (2008).
4 Maximum absolute power (mW) CW power outputDiameter (nm)Maximum absolute power (mW)140.48240.85442.52643.8844.94Up to 5mW from a single micro-LED pixel (450nm peak emission)Smaller pixels – higher output power densities & current densities
5 Micro-LEDs for communications Our GaN-based micro-LEDs emit at wavelengths corresponding to attenuation minimum in POFData transmission using white LEDs also topicalPossible advantages of micro-LEDs?faster response?multi-channel output?
7 Bandwidth of micro-LEDs ‘Bare’ pixels individually-addressed using a high-speed probeBandwidth strongly dependent on current density
8 Bandwidth of micro-LEDs General trend that smaller micro-LEDs have higher maximum bandwidths.Attributed to higher maximum current densities for smaller pixels (reduced current crowding and device self-heating).
9 Data transmission demo. Single micro-LED addressed using high-speed probe. Emission imaged onto Si photodetector.NRZ modulation (modulation depth 2V, DC bias ~7V).
10 Data transmission demo. 155 Mbit/s622 Mbit/s1.2 Gbit/s520nm-emitting micro-LED, diameter 34µmi = 35mA, output power ≈ 0.2mW“Error-free” up to 1.1 Gbit/s
11 Visible-light communications using CMOS-controlled micro-LEDs
12 CMOS-driver arrayPrimarily designed for generating intense (sub)ns-duration pulses for OSL pumping16×16 array of individually-addressable drivers, 100×100µm2, 100µm pitchMultiple modes of operation – CW, pulsed, NRZ modulationEach of the 16 columns may be modulated with independent data inputs (MIMO data transmission)CMOS and micro-LED chips integrated by flip-chip bonding process1.6mm
13 Bandwidth of CMOS-micro-LEDs NRZ signal from BERT used to trigger CMOS drivers. Micro-LEDs bias voltage modulated between 0V and LED_VDD (variable)Increasing V = higher bandwidth. Higher bandwidths obtained with smaller diameter pixels. Max bandwidth from single pixel ≈185MHz (450nm device)‘Error-free’ data transmitted at up to 512 Mbit/s (450nm device)
14 Data transmission over POF Work done in collaboration with O. Ziemann’s group, POF-AC, Nürnberg450nm-emitting CMOS-controlled micro-LED device usedMicro-LED emission butt-coupled to 1m of 1mm diameter SI-POFPassive equalisation, low-pass filter and electrical amplifier used
15 Data transmission over POF Up to -3dBm of coupled CW power“Error-free” (BER ≤ 1×10-9) data transmission at 1Gbit/s from pixel diameters ranging from 34 to 84µmError-free data transmission also achieved using 520nm-device at up to 500Mbit/sReceived power (a.u.)Time (0.2ns/div)84µm diameter pixel, 1Gbit/s
16 Multi-channel transmission Existing CMOS device has up to 16 data inputs – potential MIMO transmitter for high-throughput parallel data transmissionData transmission using two channels has been investigated. Using two 450nm-emitting 34µm diameter pixels, error free parallel transmission has been achieved up to 600Mbit/s (300Mbit/s per channel)Data rate per channel limited due to EMI issues between the two channels – this issue appears to be primarily caused by the design of the interface board, not the CMOS or micro-LED arrays themselves.
17 ConclusionsMicro-LED pixels have been shown to have modulation bandwidths of up to ~450 MHz, with peak emission at wavelengths suitable for transmission over POF.>1Gbit/s single pixel transmission demonstrated with no equalisationCMOS control arrays have been shown to provide convenient control over micro-LED arrays, with bandwidth of up to 185MHz possible. With up to 16 independent data channels, these devices are potential MIMO transmitters for VLC.Key PublicationsJonathan McKendry, Richard P. Green, A. E. Kelly, Zheng Gong, Benoit Guilhabert, David Massoubre, Erdan Gu and Martin D. Dawson “High Speed Visible Light Communications Using Individual Pixels in a Micro Light-Emitting Diode Array” Photon. Tech. Lett., Vol 22, No.18, pp , Sept 2010.McKendry, J. J. D.; Massoubre, D.; Zhang, S.; Rae, B. R.; Green, R. P.; Gu, E.; Henderson, R. K.; Kelly, A. E.; Dawson, M. D.; , "Visible-Light Communications Using a CMOS-Controlled Micro-Light- Emitting-Diode Array," Lightwave Technology, Journal of , vol.30, no.1, pp.61-67, Jan.1, 2012