A short-Span Optical Feeder for Wireless Personal Communication Systems Using Multimode Fibers


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E79-C   No.1   pp.118-123
Publication Date: 1996/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Optomicrowave Techniques and Their Applications)
Category: System Applications
optical fiber feeder,  PCS,  wireless LAN,  multimode fiber,  spread spectrum,  

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In this paper, we propose to use graded-index multimode fibers (GI-MMFs) with Fabry-Perot laser diodes (FP-LDs) for short-span and low-cost feeders. The multimode fiber feeders can be applied to wireless personal communication systems where the required feeder length is within several hundred meters, such as distributed antenna networks for microcellular systems or wireless LANs. The use of multimode fibers makes fiber coupling and connection easier, and has the potential to greatly reduce total system cost. Three types of GI-MMFs are considered as transmission media, (1) silica-based glass optical fiber (GI-GOF),(2) silica-core plastic-clad fiber (GI-PCF), and (3) all-plastic optical fiber (GI-POF). It is shown that GI-GOF and GI-PCF are suitable for use as feeders in the microcells of CDMA cellular and wireless LAN systems within 300m in length. GI-POF is estimated to be suitable for use as feeders in wireless LANs within 100m in length. A multimode fiber feeder with FP-LDs and GI-PCF of 300 m is developed in order to demonstrate its applicability to a wireless LAN system operating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band.