High-Speed Integrated Visible Light Communication System: Device Constraints and Design Considerations

Sujan Rajbhandari, H. Chun, G. Faulkner, K. Cameron, A. V. N. Jalajakumari, R. Henderson, D. Tsonev, M. Ijaz, Z. Chen, H. Haas, E. Xie, J. J. D. McKendry, J. Herrnsdorf, E. Gu, M. D. Dawson, D. O'Brien

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Visible light communications (VLC) has the potential to play a major part in future smart home and next generation communication networks. There is significant ongoing work to increase the achievable data rates using VLC, to standardize it and integrate it within existing network infrastructures. The future of VLC systems depends on the ability to fabricate low cost transceiver components and to realize the promise of high data rates. This paper reports the design and fabrication of integrated transmitter and receiver components. The transmitter uses a two dimensional individually addressable array of micro light emitting diodes (μLEDs) and the receiver uses an integrated photodiode array fabricated in a CMOS technology. A preliminary result of a MIMO system implementation operating at a data rate of 1 Gbps is demonstrated. This paper also highlights the challenges in achieving highly parallel data communication along with the possible bottlenecks in integrated approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1750 - 1757
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • CMOS integrated circuits
  • MIMO communication
  • light emitting diodes
  • optical communication
  • optical transceivers
  • photodiodes
  • μLED
  • CMOS technology
  • MIMO system implementation
  • bit rate 1 Gbit/s
  • design considerations
  • device constraints
  • high-speed integrated visible light communication system
  • integrated photodiode array
  • integrated receiver component
  • integrated transmitter component
  • low cost transceiver components
  • microlight emitting diodes
  • network infrastructures
  • Optical communication system design
  • Visible light communications
  • integrated optical system design
  • link budget analysis
  • multiple input multiple output
  • optical communication system design
  • optical wireless communications
  • Arrays
  • Bandwidth
  • Light emitting diodes
  • MIMO
  • Optical receivers
  • Optical transmitters


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