Optical Interconnections in Switching System

Ken-ichi YUKIMATSU  Yoshihiro SHIMAZU  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E77-C    No.1    pp.2-8
Publication Date: 1994/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Optical Interconnection)
optical interconnection,  optical switch,  ATM switch,  free-space switch,  

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This paper describes the use of optical interconnections in switching systems and discusses our recent achievements in this area. Switching system interconnections are classified based on their application layers. The evolution of optical interconnections in switching systems in discussed in terms of such system requirements as cost, size, and throughput. Recent achievements are discussed: an optical inter-module connector, a free-space digital switch, and a large-capacity optically intra-connected ATM switch.