Achieving record speeds with new micro LED design

The paper can be downloaded here.

Micro-sized Gallium Nitride (GaN) light emitting diodes (mirco-LEDs) are strong candidates for VLC (visible light communication) and LiFi (light fidelity) due to their high bandwidths. Segmented violet mirco-LEDs are reported in this work with electrical-to-optical bandwidths up to 655 MHz. An orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) based VLC system with adaptive bit and energy loading is demonstrated and a data transmission rate of 11.95 Gb/s is achieved with a violet mirco-LED, when the nonlinear distortion of the mirco-LED is the dominant noise source of the VLC system. A record 7.91 b/s data transmission rate is reported below the forward error correction threshold using a single pixel of the segmented array when all the noise sources of the VLC system are present.

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