EGS switching networks based on free-space digital optics

T. J. Cloonan, G. W. Richards, H. S. Hinton, F. B. McCormick, A. L. Lentine, S. J. Hinterlong, R. L. Morrison, J. M. Sasian, S. L. Walker

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Designers of future switching networks (both packet and circuit switches) will encounter many packaging and interconnection problems as data rates and network sizes continue to increase. Free-space digital optics is a new interconnection technology that may circumvent many of these predicted problems by using beams of light to transmit information between integrated circuits. This paper will describe the technology and outline its advantages. New network architectures (EGS networks) that capitalize on the features of optics have been developed, and they will also be described. Finally, a description of the current generation of prototype systems will be given to illustrate the current state of the art.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGLOBECOM 1992 - Communication for Global Users
Subtitle of host publicationIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)0780306082, 9780780306080
StatePublished - 1992
Event1992 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference: Communication for Global Users, GLOBECOM 1992 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Dec 6 1992Dec 9 1992

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM 1992 - Communication for Global Users: IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Conference1992 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference: Communication for Global Users, GLOBECOM 1992
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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