We describe a new optoelectronic switching system demonstration that implements part of the distribution fabric for a large asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switch. The system uses a single optoelectronic VLSI modulator-based switching chip with more than 4000 optical input–outputs. The optical system images the input fibers from a two-dimensional fiber bundle onto this chip. A new optomechanical design allows the system to be mounted in a standard electronic equipment frame. A large section of the switch was operated as a 208-Mbits/s time-multiplexed space switch, which can serve as part of an ATM switch by use of an appropriate out-of-band controller. A larger section with 896 input light beams and 256 output beams was operated at 160 Mbits/s as a slowly reconfigurable space switch.
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A. L. Lentine, D. J. Reiley, R. A. Novotny, R. L. Morrison, J. M. Sasian, M. G. Beckman, D. B. Buchholz, S. J. Hinterlong, T. J. Cloonan, G. W. Richards, and F. B. McCormick, "Asynchronous transfer mode distribution network by use of an optoelectronic VLSI switching chip," Appl. Opt. 36, 1804-1814 (1997)