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Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication

A Practical Guide to Optical Networking

The third edition of this Handbook provides a comprehensive, easy to use guide to the field of optical fiber data communications. Written by experts in the industry from major companies such as IBM, Cisco and Nortel, the Handbook is a key reference for optical fiber technology, networking, protocols, applications, manufacturing, and future directions. It includes chapters on all the major industry standards, written by the same experts who developed them.This edition contains new material on transceiver form factors (QSFP, SFP +, XFP, X2), manufacturing standards, including JEDEC and RoHS, as well as the latest revisions to industry standards including 8G and 10G Fiber Channel, FICON, SONET GFP/LCAS, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The book also contains new chapters on emerging technologies and leading edge applications such as silicon photonics, nanophotonics, parallel optical interconnects, specialty fiber cable types, and optical backplanes.Features include:* New Case Studies on Voice/Data Convergence, Redesigning Mainframe I/O, National LambdaRail, and optical peer-to-peer networks* Includes an expanded listing of references on the World Wide Web, plus hard-to-find references for international, homologation, and type approval requirements * Quick reference tables of all the key optical network parameters and a glossary that defines hundreds of technical terms and acronyms* An accompanying website provides an online portal to the data communications community, containing podcasts on key topics, links to related material from technical societies, corporations and other professional organizationsWritten for engineers by engineers, this Handbook will be an indispensable, hands-on reference for optical networks and equipment developers, designers, and installers, as well as for students studying optical fiber communications wanting an understanding of, and insight into, professional practice.

Optical fiber communication network engineers and equipment developers; graduate students studying optical fiber communications


Published: February 2008

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374216-2


  • Part I - Technology Building Blocks
    • Chapter 1 - Computers full of light: the origins & context of optical networking (J. Hecht)
    • Chapter 2 - Optical Fiber, Cables, & Connectors - (U. Osterberg)
    • Chapter 3 - Small Form Factor Interfaces (J. Fox, C. DeCusatis)
    • Chapter 4 - Specialty Fiber Optic Cable (J. Fox, C. DeCusatis)
    • Case Study: Multimode Fiber Reuse
    • Chapter 5 - Optical Sources: Light Emitting Diodes and Laser Technology (W. Jiang etal)
    • Chapter 6 - Detectors for Fiber Optics (C. Jiang and C.J.S. DeCusatis)
    • Chapter 7 - Logic & Drive Circuitry Design (R. Sundstrom, E. Maass, et al, contributions by Scott Kipp)
    • Chapter 8 - Optical Sub-Assemblies (H. Stange)
    • Chapter 9 - Alignment Metrology & Manufacturing (D. Clement, R. Lasky, E. Baldwin)
    • Chapter 10 - Packaging Assembly Techniques (G. Raskin)
    Part II - Links and Network Design
    • Chapter 11 - Fiber Optic Transceivers (M. Langerwalter and R. Johnson, contributions by Rob Atkins)
    • Chapter 12 - Link Budgets and Design Rules (C. DeCusatis)
    • Case Study: OSNR Calculations
    • Chapter 13 - Planning and Building the Optical Link (R. Hudson etal)
    • Chapter 14 - Installing & Trouble-Shooting Fiber Optic Networks (J. Hayes, G. LeCheminant)
    • Chapter 15 - Wavelength Multiplexing and IP/MPLS (K Grobe)
    • Case Study: National LambdaRail
    • Case Study: Grid Computing
    • Chapter 16 - Passive optical networks and FTTX (K. Grobe)
    Part III - Applications & Industry Standards
    • Chapter 17 - Intramachine Interconnects and Clustered Computing Architectures (D. Sher, C. DeCusatis)
    • Case Study: Parallel Optical Interconnect for SuperComputers
    • Chapter 18 - Energy & Manufacturing Standards (J. Quick)
    • Chapter 19 - ATM / SONET and GFP (C. Beckman)
    • Case Study: Convergence of Voice and Data
    • Chapter 20 - Fibre Channel Standard (S. Kipp, A. Benner)
    • Case Study: Redesigning Mainframe I/O
    • Case Study: Storage Area Networks
    • Chapter 21 - ESCON (D. Stigliani)
    • Case Study: ESCON Link Budget
    • Chapter 22 - Ethernet for Data Center, Metro, and Carrier Class Networks (C. DeCusatis)
    • Case Study: Triple Play Networks
    • Chapter 23 - FDDI and Local Area Networks (R. Thapar)
    • Chapter 24 - InfiniBand (A. Ghiasi)
    Part IV - Emerging Technologies & Industry Directions
    • Chapter 25 - Future Component Technologies (C.S. Li)
    • Case Study: Peer to Peer Optical Networks
    • Chapter 26 - Optical Backplane, Board, and Chip Interconnects (R. Michalzik)
    • Chapter 27 - Silicon Photonics (N. Izhaky)
    • Chapter 28 - Nanophotonics (L. Phytong & G. Mazur)
    • Appendix A - Measurement Conversion Tables
    • Appendix B - Physical Constraints
    • Appendix C - OSI Model
    • Appendix D - Network Standards and Data Rates
    • Appendix E - Other Datacom Developments
    • Appendix F - Laser Safety


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