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Algorithms usher in a new era for telecom

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DOUGLAS FARMER, SENIOR EDITOR [email protected]

Single-mode optical fibers were a boon when they were introduced in the telecommunications industry 50 years ago, due to their ability to transmit data over extended distances with minimal degradation. Now, advanced multimode optical fibers — which can simultaneously send images and their larger amounts of related data over the line — are affecting the way a variety of industries do business. Multimode optical fibers offer multiple spatial channels in the same fiber conduit. This allows for the transference of not only binary signals but also analog (grayscale) images. Thanks to a...Read full article

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