Applications of large-scale optical 3D-MEMS switches in fiber-based broadband-access networks

Applications of large-scale optical 3D-MEMS switches in fiber-based broadband-access networks Applications of non-blocking large-scale optical switches based on three-dimensional micro-electro-mechanical system (3D-MEMS) technology with small size and low power consumption are described for fiber-based broadband access networks. The low-loss and fast-switching 3D-MEMS switches offer remotely reconfigurable and automated operational solutions for access networks such as fiber management, preventative maintenance, monitoring, testing, and troubleshooting of a large number of end customers. Furthermore, the wavelength, data rate, and protocol-transparent nature of 3D-MEMS switches results in a future-proof optical distribution network design for future higher speed and higher capacity wavelength division multiplexing overlay upgrades over the passive optical network (PON). We show that large-scale 3D-MEMS switches deployed in PON environments can offer over an order of magnitude in capital and operational savings in comparison to manual patch panels (in deployed fiber hardware, real estate, and manual labor) with minimal impact on the overall network design. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Photonic Network Communications Springer Journals

Applications of large-scale optical 3D-MEMS switches in fiber-based broadband-access networks

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Computer Science; Characterization and Evaluation of Materials; Electrical Engineering; Computer Communication Networks
ISSN
1387-974X
eISSN
1572-8188
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11107-009-0211-0
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Abstract

Applications of non-blocking large-scale optical switches based on three-dimensional micro-electro-mechanical system (3D-MEMS) technology with small size and low power consumption are described for fiber-based broadband access networks. The low-loss and fast-switching 3D-MEMS switches offer remotely reconfigurable and automated operational solutions for access networks such as fiber management, preventative maintenance, monitoring, testing, and troubleshooting of a large number of end customers. Furthermore, the wavelength, data rate, and protocol-transparent nature of 3D-MEMS switches results in a future-proof optical distribution network design for future higher speed and higher capacity wavelength division multiplexing overlay upgrades over the passive optical network (PON). We show that large-scale 3D-MEMS switches deployed in PON environments can offer over an order of magnitude in capital and operational savings in comparison to manual patch panels (in deployed fiber hardware, real estate, and manual labor) with minimal impact on the overall network design.

Journal

Photonic Network CommunicationsSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 17, 2009

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