Expanding Bandwidth and Flexibility for Telecommunications Using Optical I/O

Expanding Bandwidth and Flexibility for Telecommunications Using Optical I/O

As 5G networking transforms the telecommunications industry and next-generation 6G is close at hand, the need for increased bandwidth across wireless and wired infrastructure components has become obvious. The spread of Internet of Things (IoT) technology giving rise to billions of connected objects, the sharp increase in streaming video use, emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), smart city infrastructures, connected car implementations, the popularity of online gaming, and more are driving a demand for broadband data transfer at an unprecedented scale and accelerating pace. The need for more compact, lightweight sensors and antennas, low power consumption, and higher bandwidth density drives many of the technology challenges telecommunications companies face today. Keeping pace with rising data demands and expanding signal usage across the frequency spectrum requires faster interconnects within the infrastructure.

The advent of 5G brings an entirely new way of delivering connectivity, with beamforming technology that enables separate, narrow beams directed to individual devices. This requires much more complex systems with compact, lightweight, low-power antenna arrays that need to be mounted 100 meters apart throughout the landscape. With optical I/O technology, lightweight cell structures can be disaggregated from baseband units (BBUs), providing more efficient architectures for distributing compact phased array antennas while delivering the processing power needed to be effective.

Download this telecommunications brief to learn how optical I/O reduces the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of phased-array antennas while substantially increasing bandwidth capacity and support for greater numbers of simultaneous mobile data users.

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