RF design and packaging
56+ Gb/s NRZ universal IC test and evaluation platform
ARGOTECH offers universal and flexible platform designed for testing,
demonstration and evaluation of digital communication integrated circuits
with bandwidth equivalent to 56 Gb/s NRZ data signal and beyond in single
channel or multichannel configuration. It enables characterization of ICs
for fibre optic and silicon photonics applications combined with transmitting
and receiving optical modules. Possibility of opto-coupling ensure connection
of optical signal from fiber to optical chip while keeping high coupling efficiency.
GSSG or GSGSG IC interface configuration 100 µm pad pitch
Versions from 1 to 4 channels available
DC or AC signal coupling (possibility of broad band DC block in signal line integration)
Low insertion loss of data lines typically 1.5 dB @42 GHz (eq. 56 Gb/s) and 2.4-3.0 dB @67 GHz (eq. 90 Gb/s)
Low back reflection better than -15 dB for GSSG and -10 dB for GSGSG configuration at full bandwidth
Low crosstalk for multichannel versions typically lower than -25 dB for full bandwidth
1.85 mm (67 GHz) or 1 mm (110 GHz) coaxial connectors for signal launching
Optimized for IC with 250 µm (10 mils) thickness
There is shown a block diagram of packaging approach in the figure below. Platform consists of RF PCB made of
extremely low loss laminate as a carrier for coaxial signal launching connector, fan-out interposer used as an
interface between PCB and integrated circuit. Metallization pattern on fan-out interface is optimized for using the
ribbon wires connection to IC guaranteeing excellent high frequency signal transmission performance. DC-block
capacitors can optionally be integrated close to the IC interface. The performance measurements include full
package chain from IC pads to interface 1.85 mm coaxial connectors with limited bandwidth to 67 GHz (broad
band DC blocking capacitors and bond wires from fan-out interposer to IC are included in the measurements).
Typical measured S-parameters characteristics are shown in the charts below. Left one represents typical
differential mode S-parameters for GSGSG IC interface configuration measured on 1-channel evaluation board.
GSSG configuration is shown in right chart measured on 4-channel evaluation board.
Typical 50Gbit time domain signal measured on one-channel evaluation board is shown in the eye diagram below.
It was measured by 70 GHz oscilloscope sampling head and there are included measurement cables with 40 cm
total length and measurement microprobe which both impact the signal quality by itself.
Evaluation and demonstration of optical ICs and PICs for telecom, Datacom and others
Fully customized solution can be designed and manufactured upon customer request. Contact ARGOTECH at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This packaging solution has been designed and optimized by Argotech under funding from the European
Union’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n°619197, project name ADDAPT.