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Optical TDM switching fabrics

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Time-domain-multiplexing (TDM) switching fabrics are of central importance in present-day telecommunications exchanges. This paper considers the optical implementation of such fabrics, with optical switching and electronic control. Figure 1 represents the function of a TDM switching network. There are m inputs and outputs, each carrying TDM frames of n time slots. The TDM switching network switches the mn input channels onto the mn output channels in any order.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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