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Optical Transmission System for Interconnecting Electronic Units

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046961D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Balliet, L Couden, DV [+details]

Abstract

An optical transmission system is described for interconnecting a plurality of electronic units, such as integrated circuit modules, printed circuit cards and even large-size equipment cabinets. This system utilizes an optical transmission plane for transferring signals between the different units. This system permits high data transmission rates via a universal-type interface. This system also greatly reduces electrical connections, connectors and interunit cabling and wiring. Fig. 1 shows the basic concept for the case of two separate electronic units 10 and 11. These units are mounted upon an optically transparent transmission plane or transmission mat 12 which is comprised of a layer 13 of transparent core material sandwiched between upper and lower layers 14 and 15, respectively, of transparent cladding material.