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Hardware integration for a passive optical communication network

Ellenbroek, Frank R. (2005) Hardware integration for a passive optical communication network.

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Abstract:With today's expanding communication capabilities, the need for bandwidth is continously increasing. Current Local Area Networks (LANs) predominantly use copper wires to transfer data between nodes, but these systems require new types of cable with each generation. In contrast, optical bers provide a huge bandwidth which should be sucient for future generations of communication systems. During the past six years the EWI-TE Group at the university of Twente has designed an optically transparant network for local area applications, called the MOUSE project. The network is based on the Fast Ethernet protocol, to which a number of novel ideas are added to allow the system to work in a passive optical (shared) medium. Most of the basic hardware components for the system have already been designed by dierent students during their (master) assignments, but these components have not been connected together to form a working system. It is known that not all components function correctly. The goal of the assignment is to interconnect the different components in order to create a working system, to validate the proper operation and to assess the performance of the system. During this assignment, the dierent components of the MOUSE system have been assembled to provide a working system. A number of problems in the MOUSE system have been found, which impacted the reliable operation of the system. A number of new PCBs have been designed which provide practical solutions to the encountered problems. Ultimately, the communication between the dierent components has been established, and simulations and measurements have been made to conrm the proper operation of the system.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:53 electrotechnology
Programme:Electrical Engineering BSc (56953)
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