Kenneth P. Koller - Moss Beach CA,
Rajesh K. Batra - East Palo Alto CA,
Robert A. Carney - Belmont CA,
Douglas A. Sprock - San Jose CA,
Intel Corporation - Santa Clara CA
372 20, 372 9, 372 26, 372 29011, 372 3801
In one embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus operates a control loop for a tunable optical device. A digital reference signal is converted to an analog reference signal and then introduced into the optical path of the tunable optical device. An analog feedback signal, corresponding to the digital reference signal, is recovered from the tunable optical device. The analog feedback signal is converted to a digital feedback signal. The apparatus sends tuning information to the tunable optical device based on analysis of the digital reference signal and the digital feedback signal. In one embodiment, the tuning information is used for wavelength locking of the tunable optical device. In another embodiment, the operation of the control loop is synchronized with another function of the tunable optical device.