A new approach to networking

Texas Instruments has unvieled its Optical Wireless Solutions reference design that allows system developers to wirelessly deploy dedicated 100 Mbps 802.3 compliant Ethernet connections.

Combining digital signal processing technology with its MicroElectro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Texas Instruments has unvieled its Optical Wireless Solutions reference design that allows system developers to wirelessly deploy dedicated 100 Mbps 802.3 compliant Ethernet connections – 100 times greater than currently available wireless systems.

TI’s solution uses a packet-based transmission scheme compatible with comprehensive network management software, giving administrators the ability to implement fully managed systems. Each smart unit can seek, acquire, track and hold its counterpart in the network and is capable of being managed remotely.

At the heart of the Optical Wireless Solutions reference design are TI’s analog MEMS mirror, optical transceiver, mixed-signal, analog and DSP components. The two-axis, gimbaled MEMS mirror reflects light with virtually no loss in optical power.

The DSP, coupled with extensive control algorithms, steers the mirror with precision to a fraction of a micron, allowing switching speeds of less than five milliseconds (ms). In addition, TI’s data converters, operational amplifiers and power management ICs combine to offer the performance required to meet the overall system needs.

TI’s Analog Light Processing platform’s ability to intelligently direct light across distances, independent of protocol and with unlimited data rates, makes it suitable for a variety of applications, including metro-free space optics, last mile residential connections, photonic switching and optical networking.

First OEM products based on TI’s reference design are planned to be introduced in June.

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