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1 December 1992 Multi-Gbps fiber-optic transmitter and receiver for military avionics applications
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Applications for high-speed fiber optic networks in military aircraft are beginning to appear and are envisioned to increase on next-generation aircraft. Current-generation JIAWG-class vehicles, such as the RAH-66 helicopter and the YF-22 fighter, are based roughly on the PAVE PILLAR avionics architecture of the l980s and wiil employ fiber optics to carry information between avionics sensor suites and mission computers via point-to-point or circuit switched networks. Data throughput requirements for these networks could reach 1 Gbps. Aircraft produced in the early part of the next century may be based on the PAVE PACE architecture now under development. With the projected increases in avionics sensor capability, information processing requirements, and cockpit display resolution, the high speed networks that interconnect these avionics subsystems may need to operate at multi-Gbps data rates. In this paper we discuss some of the basic issues involved with designing fiber optic networks for military aircraft, followed by a description of a fiber optic transmitter and receiver that we have developed for sensor and video data distribution applications in the 1 to 3 0bps range.
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D. K. Smith "Multi-Gbps fiber-optic transmitter and receiver for military avionics applications", Proc. SPIE 1582, Integrated Optoelectronics for Communication and Processing, (1 December 1992);


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