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Large optical switches
Author(s): Robert Ian MacDonald
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Paper Abstract

Capacity growth in networks requires optical crossconnect switches that can be assembled incrementally, probably to large ultimate sizes, preferably using identical submodules of small size. Continued strict-sense nonblocking operation must be ensured during expansion, and expandability should have minimal impact on the initial cost. Large ultimate sizes mandate multistage architectures which impose difficulties in the expansion. We discuss the design of optical switching matrices for > 100 X 100 ports using a new modular multistage architecture that focusses on expandability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 1999
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 3749, 18th Congress of the International Commission for Optics, (19 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354752
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Robert Ian MacDonald, JDS Fitel, Inc. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3749:
18th Congress of the International Commission for Optics
Alexander J. Glass; Joseph W. Goodman; Milton Chang; Arthur H. Guenther; Toshimitsu Asakura, Editor(s)

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