Ultra-high speed optical time-division- multiplexed (TDM) networks, operating at single stream data rates of 100 Gb/s, may offer unique advantages over wavelength division multiplexed systems. These advantages include the ability to provide integrated services (including packet service) to high-end users, multiple quality of service (QoS) levels and truly flexible bandwidth- on-demand. Realization of these high performance TDM networks requires development of a number of key technologies such as high-speed optical sources, all-optical switches, buffers and rate converters. In this paper, we will give an overview of an ultra-high-speed TDM network architecture, its well as describe recent key technology developments.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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