We demonstrate a stand-alone optical data link module (ODLM) that fits in the limited space budget of smart imaging catheters. The module is based on an extension of the Flex-to-Rigid (F2R) technology platform for miniaturized system integration. The ODLM is a silicon-based interposer that comprises a commercially available Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL), which has its electrical contacts and laser emitting spot on the same surface. With the flexible interconnects, the ODLM reroutes the flip-chipped VCSEL electrical contacts to the side that is perpendicular to the surface of the VCSEL. This enables the ODLM to be mounted on a flex-PCB and fit into the limited space in the distal tip of the smart catheter. An optical fiber that runs in parallel to the catheter shaft is inserted into the through-silicon hole (TSH) of the ODLM and self-aligned to the VCSEL for optical data transmission. The design of the ODLM and the F2R technology platform are introduced, and an ODLM demonstrator is fabricated and presented.
|Title of host publication||53rd International Symposium on Microelectronics, IMAPS 2020, October 5-8, 2020, Virtual Symposium|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||International Symposium on Microelectronics|
|Publisher||meridian allen press|