Steve Golowich, John Ritger, Paul Kolesar, John Abbott, Mike Hackert, Steve Swanson, Peter Pleunis, Christine Chen, John Schlager, Joe Gwinn, John George, Daniel Kuchta and Aleksandar Risteski Why Is Next Generation Multimode Fiber Needed? Achievable distance for 10 Gb/s LAN links (Ethernet, Fibre Channel) using standard FDDI grade multimode fiber falls short of customer needs (300m) Single mode fiber links too expensive–cost crucial for LAN components–MMF links much less sensitive to mechanical alignment, reflections (no isolator!) Better performing multimode fiber needed to achieve target distances–Early demonstrations of high performance laser launch optimized multimode fibers at 850nm Telecommunications Industry Association started the work in 1999-2000 to develop the specifications for the Next Generation Multimode Fiber and the relevant measurement procedures Basics of Multimode Fiber Propagation

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