Silicon Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits
Sincethebook“IntegratedSiliconOptoelectronics”appearedinthe“Springer Series in Photonics” in 2000, a whole variety of silicon optoelectronic - tegrated circuits (SOEICs) have been developed and introduced in many journals and conference proceedings. Therefore, a new book on these new SOEICs collecting and selecting the most interesting ones was highly des- able especially because the main part of “IntegratedSilicon Optoelectronics” concentrated on integrated photodetectors. This new book, in contrast, - scribes considerably more circuits implemented as SOEICs together with the photodetectors. Many design engineers in semiconductor companies, ASIC and design houses have to design SOEICs, OPTO-ASICs, image sensors or even smart pixel sensors. I also feel that the number of Ph. D. students or diploma wo- ers doing research and development in the ?eld of optoelectronic circuits is constantly growing. This book, therefore, is intended as a second bridge (- ter “IntegratedSilicon Optoelectronics”)between microelectronics and op- electronics. Usually, optoelectronics plays a minor role in electrical engine- ing courses at universities. Physicists are taught optics but not very much semiconductor technology and chip design. This book covers the missing - formation for engineers and physicists who want to know more about - tegrated optoelectronic circuits (OEICs) in silicon technologies and about their rapidly emerging applications. The low-cost requirement permanently drives and pushes silicon OEICs in contrast to expensive III/V semicond- tor receiver OEICs. This book re?ects this trend by stressing CMOS OEICs. BiCMOS OEICs with their better performance, however, are also described in detail, since they are still much cheaper than III/V OEICs.