Broadcast-and-Select Switching System Based on Optical Time-Division Multiplexing (OTDM) Technology

Masato TSUKADA  Adrian J. KEATING  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E82-C   No.2   pp.283-291
Publication Date: 1999/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Joint Special Issue on Photonics in Switching: Systems and Devices)
Category: Circuit Switching and Cross-Connecting
Keyword: 
photonics in switching,  broadcast-and-select network,  OTDM,  WDM,  four-wave mixing,  

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Summary: 
This paper presents large capacity switching systems for a local network using the broadcast-and-select (B&S) architecture. The B&S switching system, based on optical time-division multiplexing (OTDM), can provide several hundreds of Gbit/s by using a nonlinear optical switch as the time-channel selector. Moreover, the combination of OTDM and wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) can realize throughputs over Tbit/s. In experiments, first, all-optical selection from a 51.2-Gbit/s data-stream to yield a 160-Mbit/s data-channel is demonstrated for a B&S OTDM switching system. Second, all-optical selection from a 25.6-Gbit/s 2 (51.2-Gbit/s) WDM data-stream to yield a 160-Mbit/s data-channel is demonstrated for a B&S OTDM and WDM switching system. Finally, the number of optical amplifiers that one user has to share in the B&S OTDM switching system is discussed.