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A General Purpose Optical Switching Concept
Author(s): L. Jou; S. F. Su; J. Lenart
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Paper Abstract

With the increasing deployment of optical fibers in transmission system and demand for high bandwidth services, such as video and high definition TV, high-speed switching (throughput and switching speed) on the order of Gb/s is desirable in telecommunications. Most of the optical switching techniques developed to-date are addressing space division switching, in which switching speed is not a major concern. Very few optical switching techniques using time division switching have been reported. In this paper we will describe a high-speed switching concept by using a ring-based structure. This concept can be used as a self-routed circuit or packet switching. The switch has the ability to switch different types of information (voice, data, and video) and also can be applied to baseband channel-to-channel switching. This general purpose optical switch can be used in conjunction with an optical local area network as a distributed switch or can he used as a central office switch to switch trunk lines and individual lines.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1987
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0841, Fiber Optic Networks and Coherent Technology in Fiber Optic Systems II, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.967586
Show Author Affiliations
L. Jou, Bell Communications Research (United States)
S. F. Su, GTE Laboratories Inc. (United States)
J. Lenart, GTE Laboratories Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0841:
Fiber Optic Networks and Coherent Technology in Fiber Optic Systems II
John D. Chipman; Harish R. Sunak, Editor(s)

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