Fiber Optic Data Communication

Fiber Optic Data Communication

Technology Advances and Futures

1st Edition - March 8, 2002

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Casimer DeCusatis
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080506296

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This book is an authoritative review of current and future trends in the field of telecommunications. Written by industry experts who are developing leading-edge data communication networks, Fiber Optic Data Communication provides professionals and students alike with a look at emerging technologies and their applications. Four of the chapters have been revised from DeCusatis's best-selling book, Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communications; the remaining eight chapters are all new. Seven helpful appendices, a glossary, and a list of technical acronyms are included. This book can stand alone or as a companion volume to DeCusatis: Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication, Second Edition (February 2002, ISBN: 0-12-207891-8).

Key Features

  • Includes emerging technologies such as Infiniband, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and MPLS Optical Switching
  • Describes leading edge commercial products, including LEAF and MetroCore fibers, dense wavelength multiplexing, and Small Form Factor transceiver packages
  • Covers all major industry standards, often written by the same people who designed the standards themselves
  • Includes an expanded listing of references on the World Wide Web, plus hard-to-find references for international, homologation, and type approval requirements
  • Convenient tables of key optical datacom parameters and glossary with hundreds of definitions and acronyms
  • Industry buzzwords explained, including SAN, NAS, and MAN networking
  • Datacom market analysis and future projections from industry leading forecasters


professionals working in the field as a desktop reference (P) or as a guide to designing and manufacturing equipment and planning optical networks (P), and technology managers or planners who want an understanding of how these products work together (P). It is also suitable for technical professionals with a related background who are crossing over from another field (S), undergraduate or graduate students in this field (S), or professors or university research scientists (S)

Table of Contents

  • Contributors
    Pt. 1 Technology Advances
    Ch. 1 History of Fiber Optics
    Ch. 2 Market Analysis and Business Planning
    Ch. 3 Small Form Factor Fiber Optic Connector
    Ch. 4 Specialty Fiber Optic Cables
    Ch. 5 Optical Wavelength Division Multiplexing for Data Communication Networks
    Ch. 6 Optical Backplanes, Board and Chip Interconnects
    Ch. 7 Parallel Computer Architectures Using Fiber Optics
    Pt. 2 The Future
    Ch. 8 Packaging Assembly Techniques
    Ch. 9 InfiniBand - The Interconnect from Backplane to Fiber
    Ch. 10 New Devices for Optoelectronics: Smart Pixels
    Ch. 11 Emerging Technology for Fiber Optic Data Communication
    Ch. 12 Manufacturing Challenges
    App. A Measurement Conversion Tables
    App. B Physical Constants
    App. C Index of Professional Organizations
    App. D OSI Model
    App. E Network Standards and Documents
    App. F Data Network Rates
    App. G Other Datacom Developments

Product details

  • No. of pages: 568
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2002
  • Published: March 8, 2002
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080506296

About the Editor in Chief

Casimer DeCusatis

Casimer DeCusatis
Dr. Casimer DeCusatis is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and technical executive based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for IBM Systems Networking Strategic Alliances, and has played a leading role in developing data center network and I/O solutions, including extended distance connectivity. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 100 patents, and recipient of several industry awards, including the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the Sigma Xi Walston Chubb Award for Innovation, the EDN Innovator of the Year Award, the Mensa Research Foundation Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement, the Penn State Outstanding Scholar Alumnus Award, and the IEEE/HKN Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer award (including a citation from the President of the United States and an American flag flown in his honor over the U.S. Capitol). He is co-author of more than 120 technical papers, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles, and editor of the Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication (now in its 4rd edition). He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and co-leader of the Academy study “Innovation Ecosystems”. Dr. DeCusatis received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) in 1988 and 1990, respectively, and the B.S. degree magna cum laude in the Engineering Science Honors Program from the Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) in 1986. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Optical Society of America, and SPIE (the international optical engineering society), a member of the Order of the Engineer, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Mensa, and various other professional organizations and honor societies ( ); he was recognized as one of Sigma Xi’s Distinguished Members during their 125th anniversary celebration. He is also Founder and Director of Hudson Valley FIRST Lego League ( which offers over 1,000 students each year the opportunity to pursue their interest in science and technology. His discussions on data networking are available on Twitter (@Dr_Casimer) or his data networking blog ( ).

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Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation

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