Monday, February 15, 2016

Mitsubishi Electric Develops 1Tbps Multi-subcarrier Optical Transceiver

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a multi-carrier optical transceiver capable of one Terabit per second (1 Tbps) rates -- a 10-fold improvement over current mainstream commercial transceivers, which operate at up to 100 Gbs) per optical receiver.

Mitsubishi Electric said it achieved the 1Tbps transmission rate with existing optical fibers by using a multi-subcarrier technology that transmits 11 light waves (subcarriers) simultaneously in a single channel by using an optical comb, a device that creates a series of discrete, synchronized optical waves equally and densely spaced in the channel. While conventional methods would require 11 receivers for the same number of subcarriers, this new technology only requires a single receiver due to the use of densely spaced, synchronized subcarriers in a single channel and novel multi-subcarrier signal processing algorithms. No major changes are required to the existing optical network infrastructure, keeping the cost of deploying this new technology quite low.

Usually, when using subcarriers for optical communication, each subcarrier undergoes different signal distortions, which results in damaged data like video distortion on the receiving end. To avoid this problem, Mitsubishi Electric used pilot signals to accurately realign the subcarriers at the receiver. Known pilot symbols are periodically inserted into the transmitted signal, which serves as a landmark for correct orientation of all subcarriers and prevents data damage.

The experiment also achieved a spectral efficiency of 9.2b/s/Hz, which as of January 2016, was the highest in the world in a 1Tbps transmission using a single optical receiver.

http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news/2016/0215.html


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