Patents by Inventor David F. Welch

David F. Welch has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7519246
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chip comprising an array of modulated sources, each providing a modulated signal output at a channel wavelength different from the channel wavelength of other modulated sources and a wavelength selective combiner having an input optically coupled to received all the signal outputs from the modulated sources and provide a combined output signal on an output waveguide from the chip. The modulated sources, combiner and output waveguide are all integrated on the same chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Vincent G. Dominic, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Mark J. Missey, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Atul Mathur, Frank H. Peters, Robert B. Taylor, Matthew L. Mitchell, Alan C. Nilsson, Stephen G. Grubb, Richard P. Schneider, Charles H. Joyner, Jonas Webjorn, Ting-Kuang Chiang, Robert Grencavich, Vinh D. Nguyen, Donald J. Pavinski, Jr., Marco E. Sosa
  • Patent number: 7512295
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chip comprising an array of modulated sources, each providing a modulated signal output at a channel wavelength different from the channel wavelength of other modulated sources and a wavelength selective combiner having an input optically coupled to received all the signal outputs from the modulated sources and provide a combined output signal on an output waveguide from the chip. The modulated sources, combiner and output waveguide are all integrated on the same chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Vincent G. Dominic, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Mark J. Missey, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Atul Mathur, Frank H. Peters, Robert B. Taylor, Matthew L. Mitchell, Alan C. Nilsson, Stephen G. Grubb, Richard P. Schneider, Charles H. Joyner, Jonas Webjorn, Drew D. Perkins
  • Publication number: 20090052892
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention route a wavelength division multiplexed signal across multiple communication paths using skew characteristics of at least some of the communication paths. The network is a wavelength division multiplexed optical transport network. The plurality of communication paths involves different signal and path attributes such as a plurality of carrier wavelengths, optical carrier groups, physical communication paths (different nodes, different fibers along a same path, or any combination of the foregoing), or any other differentiating factors between two paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Drew D. Perkins, David F. Welch, Ting-Kuang Chiang, Edward E. Spragua, Parthiban Kandappan, Stephen G. Grubb, Prasad Paranjape
  • Patent number: 7489838
    Abstract: An optical transmitter comprises an array of modulated sources having different operating wavelengths approximating a standardized wavelength grid and providing signal outputs of different wavelengths. Signal outputs of the modulated sources are optically coupled to inputs of the wavelength selective combiner to produce a combined signal output from the combiner. The wavelength selective combiner has a wavelength grid passband response approximating the wavelength grid of the standardized wavelength grid. A first wavelength tuning element is coupled to each of the modulated sources and a second wavelength tuning element is coupled to the wavelength selective combiner. A wavelength monitoring unit is coupled to receive a sampled portion the combined signal output from the wavelength selective combiner. A wavelength control system is coupled to the first and second wavelength tuning elements and to the wavelength monitoring unit to receive the sampled portion of the combined signal output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Fred A. Kish, Jr., Charles H. Joyner, David F. Welch, Robert B. Taylor, Alan C. Nilsson
  • Publication number: 20090022452
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chip comprising an array of modulated sources, each providing a modulated signal output at a channel wavelength different from the channel wavelength of other modulated sources and a wavelength selective combiner having an input optically coupled to received all the signal outputs from the modulated sources and provide a combined output signal on an output waveguide from the chip. The modulated sources, combiner and output waveguide are all integrated on the same chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Vincent G. Dominic, Fred A. Kish, JR., Mark J. Missey, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Atul Mathur, Frank H. Peters, Robert B. Taylor, Matthew L. Mitchell, Alan C. Nilsson, Stephen G. Grubb, Richard P. Schneider, Charles H. Joyner, Jonas Webjorn, Drew D. Perkins
  • Publication number: 20090022495
    Abstract: Electro-optic amplitude varying elements (AVEs) or electro-optic multi-function elements (MFEs) are integrated into signal channels of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) or at the output of such PICs to provide for various optical controlling and monitoring functions. In one case, such PIC signal channels may minimally include a laser source and a modulator (TxPIC) and in another case, may minimally include a photodetector to which channels, in either case, an AVE or an MFE may be added.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Fred A. Kish, JR., Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Alan C. Nilsson, Robert B. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7477807
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chip comprising an array of modulated sources, each providing a modulated signal output at a channel wavelength different from the channel wavelength of other modulated sources and a wavelength selective combiner having an input optically coupled to received all the signal outputs from the modulated sources and provide a combined output signal on an output waveguide from the chip. The modulated sources, combiner and output waveguide are all integrated on the same chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Vincent G. Dominic, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Mark J. Missey, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Atul Mathur, Frank H. Peters, Robert B. Taylor, Matthew L. Mitchell, Alan C. Nilsson, Stephen G. Grubb, Richard P. Schneider, Charles H. Joyner, Jonas Webjorn, Drew D. Perkins
  • Patent number: 7471857
    Abstract: An optical transmitter comprises a monolithic transmitter photonic integrated circuit (TxPIC) chip that includes an array of modulated sources formed on the PIC chip and having different operating wavelengths approximating a standardized wavelength grid and providing signal outputs of different wavelengths. A wavelength selective combiner is formed on the PIC chip having a wavelength grid passband response approximating the wavelength grid of the standardized wavelength grid. The signal outputs of the modulated sources optically coupled to inputs of the wavelength selective combiner to produce a combined signal output from the combiner. A first wavelength tuning element coupled to each of the modulated sources and a second wavelength tuning element coupled to the wavelength selective combiner. A wavelength monitoring unit is coupled to the wavelength selective combiner to sample the combined signal output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Fred A. Kish, Jr., Charles H. Joyner, David F. Welch, Robert B. Taylor, Alan C. Nilsson
  • Patent number: 7466882
    Abstract: A single monolithic transceiver chip for handling optical to electrical to optical conversion of optical WDM signals in an optical transmission network which has an optical WDM signal input for reception of a WDM signal and an optical WDM signal output for transmission of a WDM signal and a plurality of electrical signal outputs and a plurality of electrical signal inputs. The chip further comprises an integrated decombiner coupled to the optical signal input that separates the WDM signal into a plurality of separate optical channel signals, an integrated array of photodetectors that each receives a respective optical channel signal and that converts the optical channel signal into an electrical signal and that provides the converted electrical signals to the electrical signal outputs of the transceiver chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Fred A. Kish, Jr., David F. Welch, Charles H. Joyner
  • Patent number: 7437029
    Abstract: A monolithic photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chip where the active waveguide cores of the modulated sources of the PIC are multiple quantum wells (MQWs) and the passive waveguide cores of an optical combiner are a bulk layer or material. The cores of the waveguide cores may be a quaternary such as InGaAsP or InAlGaAs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Charles H. Joyner, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Frank H. Peters, Atul Mathur, David F. Welch, Andrew G. Dentai, Damien Lambert, Richard P. Schneider, Mark J. Missey
  • Publication number: 20080175590
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention route a WDM signal across multiple communication paths using skew characteristics of at least some of the communication paths. The network is an optical transport network, using either circuit or packet based switching, and wavelength division multiplexed wavelengths and/or optical carrier groups (“OCGs”) over a fiber link to another node in the network. The plurality of communication paths involves different signal and path attributes such as a plurality of carrier wavelengths, optical carrier groups, physical communication paths (different nodes, different fibers along a same path, or any combination of the foregoing), or any other differentiating factors between two paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Drew D. Perkins, David F. Welch, Ting-Kuang Chiang, Charles H. Joyner, Edward E. Sprague, Parthiban Kandappan, Stephen G. Grubb, Biao Lu, Prasad Paranjape
  • Publication number: 20080175586
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention compensate for skew across a wavelength division multiplexed network. The network is a wavelength division multiplexed optical transport network. The skew compensation can be performed electrically or optically. It can be performed on the transmission side of the network, the receiver side of the network or at any intermediary node on the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Drew D. Perkins, David F. Welch, Ting-Kuang Chiang, Edward E. Sprague, Parthiban Kandappan, Stephen G. Grubb, Prasad Paranjape
  • Publication number: 20080138088
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chip comprising an array of modulated sources, each providing a modulated signal output at a channel wavelength different from the channel wavelength of other modulated sources and a wavelength selective combiner having an input optically coupled to received all the signal outputs from the modulated sources and provide a combined output signal on an output waveguide from the chip. The modulated sources, combiner and output waveguide are all integrated on the same chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: INFINERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Vincent G. Dominic, Fred A. Kish, Mark J. Missey, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Atul Mathur, Frank H. Peters, Robert B. Taylor, Matthew L. Mitchell, Alan C. Nilsson, Stephen G. Grubb, Richard P. Schneider, Charles H. Joyner, Jonas Webjorn, Drew D. Perkins
  • Patent number: 7340122
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chip comprising an array of modulated sources, each providing a modulated signal output at a channel wavelength different from the channel wavelength of other modulated sources and a wavelength selective combiner having an input optically coupled to received all the signal outputs from the modulated sources and provide a combined output signal on an output waveguide from the chip. The modulated sources, combiner and output waveguide are all integrated on the same chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Vincent G. Dominic, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Mark J. Missey, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Atul Mathur, Frank H. Peters, Robert B. Taylor, Matthew L. Mitchell, Alan C. Nilsson, Stephen G. Grubb, Richard P. Schneider, Charles H. Joyner, Jonas Webjorn, Drew D. Perkins
  • Patent number: 7324719
    Abstract: A method of tuning optical components integrated on a monolithic semiconductor chip having a plurality of first optical components integrated on the chip with each fabricated to approximate an emission wavelength along a given wavelength grid and together forming a first optical component wavelength grid. A second optical component is integrated on the chip with and optically coupled to the group of first optical components. The second optical component has a second optical component wavelength grid approximating the given wavelength grid where at least one emission peak along the second optical component wavelength grid is within an acceptable wavelength tolerance range of a particular first optical component of the first optical component wavelength grid but not the same as a corresponding emission wavelength of a particular first optical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Fred A. Kish, Jr., Charles H. Joyner, David F. Welch, Robert B. Taylor, Alan C. Nilsson
  • Patent number: 7295783
    Abstract: A digital optical network (DON) is a new approach to low-cost, more compact optical transmitter modules and optical receiver modules for deployment in optical transport networks (OTNs). One important aspect of a digital optical network is the incorporation in these modules of transmitter photonic integrated circuit (TxPIC) chips and receiver photonic integrated circuit (RxPIC) chips in lieu of discrete modulated sources and detector sources with discrete multiplexers or demultiplexers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Jagdeep Singh, Drew D. Perkins, David F. Welch, Mark Yin, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Stephen G. Grubb, Robert R. Taylor, Vincent G. Dominic, Matthew L. Mitchell, James R. Dodd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7283694
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chip comprising an array of modulated sources, each providing a modulated signal output at a channel wavelength different from the channel wavelength of other modulated sources and a wavelength selective combiner having an input optically coupled to received all the signal outputs from the modulated sources and provide a combined output signal on an output waveguide from the chip. The modulated sources, combiner and output waveguide are all integrated on the same chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Vincent G. Dominic, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Mark J. Missey, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Atul Mathur, Frank H. Peters, Robert B. Taylor, Matthew L. Mitchell, Alan C. Nilsson, Stephen G. Grubb, Richard P. Schneider, Charles H. Joyner, Jonas Webjorn, Drew D. Perkins
  • Patent number: 7236656
    Abstract: An optical transport network comprises a monolithic transmitter photonic integrated circuit (TxPIC) InP-based chip and a monolithic receiver photonic integrated circuit (RxPIC) InP-based chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Fred A. Kish, Jr., Mark J. Missey, Vincent G. Dominic, Atul Mathur, Frank H. Peters, Charles H. Joyner, Richard P. Schneider, Ting-Kuang Chiang
  • Patent number: 7224858
    Abstract: An optical receiver photonic integrated circuit (RxFIC) comprises a semiconductor monolithic chip having an input to receive from an optical transmissior link a combined channel signal originating from an optical transmitter source and comprising a plurality of channel signals having different wavelengths forming a wavelength grid. An optical decorobiner is integrated in the chip and optically coupled to the input to receive the multiplexed channel signal and provide a decombined individual channel signal on an output waveguide of a plurality of such output waveguides provided from the optical decombiner. A plurality of photodetectors are also integrated in the chip and each photodetector is optically coupled to one of the output waveguides to receive a decombined channel signal and convert the channel signal to an electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Welch, Ting-Kuang Chiang, Radhakrishnan L. Nagarajan, Vincent G. Dominic, Fred A. Kish, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7200296
    Abstract: An optical transmitter comprises a monolithic transmitter photonic integrated circuit (TxPIC) chip that includes an array of modulated sources formed on the PIC chip and having different operating wavelengths approximating a standardized wavelength grid and providing signal outputs of different wavelengths. A wavelength selective combiner is formed on the PIC chip having a wavelength grid passband response approximating the wavelength grid of the standardized wavelength grid. The signal outputs of the modulated sources optically coupled to inputs of the wavelength selective combiner to produce a combined signal output from the combiner. A first wavelength tuning element coupled to each of the modulated sources and a second wavelength tuning element coupled to the wavelength selective combiner. A wavelength monitoring unit is coupled to the wavelength selective combiner to sample the combined signal output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Fred A. Kish, Jr., Charles H. Joyner, David F. Welch, Robert B. Taylor, Alan C. Nilsson