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Switching to Photonics
IEEE Spectrum
  • Harvard S. Hinton, Utah State University
Document Type
Article
Publisher
IEEE
Publication Date
1-1-1992
DOI
10.1109/6.119612
Abstract
The use of hardware that exploits the interplay of photons and electrons to switch voice, data, and video is discussed. The two directions being taken by current research-guided-wave and free-space photonics-are examined. Photonic time-slot interchanges are described. Multidivisional fabrics, based on a combination of space-division and time-division multiplexing, are considered, as is the wavelength-division-based photonic packet switch, another kind of multidimensional fabric. The use of self-electrooptic effect devices, (SEEDs) is discussed.
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Originally published by IEEE. Publisher's PDF can be accessed through IEEE Spectrum.
Citation Information
H. S. Hinton, "Switching to Photonics," IEEE Spectrum, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 42-45, February 1992.