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Fiber-Optic Crossbar Switch With Broadcast Capability
Author(s): Antonio R. Dias; Robert F. Kalman; Joseph W. Goodman; Alexander A. Sawchuk
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Paper Abstract

An all-optical fiber-optic crossbar switch capable of interconnecting N input fibers to M output fibers with an arbitrary interconnect pattern has been constructed. The switch can use any 1-D or 2-D spatial light modulator capable of realizing NxM pixels, and can be configured for permutations, full or partial broadcast, or "wired oring" of several inputs to a given output. Values of N and M achievable depend on the light efficiency of the switch components and the data rate. A 4x4 switch has been built; in a computer switching environment, the approach is capable of realizing a 16x16 switch at 1 Gb/s and a 32x32 switch at 100 Mb/s. The development of the switch has included construction of both a PLZT switch array and a magneto-optic switch array. We will report on the investigations of both technologies. Reconfiguration times in the range of a few microseconds to a few tens of microseconds are of interest.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 1988
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0825, Spatial Light Modulators and Applications II, (19 February 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.942001
Show Author Affiliations
Antonio R. Dias, Optivision, Inc. (United States)
Robert F. Kalman, Ontivision. Inc. (United States)
Joseph W. Goodman, Optivision, Inc. (United States)
Alexander A. Sawchuk, Optivision, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0825:
Spatial Light Modulators and Applications II
Uzi Efron, Editor(s)

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