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DSP-based 40 GB/s lane rate next-generation access networks

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This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by MDPI AG, 2018.

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© 2018 by the authors. To address the continuous growth in high-speed ubiquitous access required by residential users and enterprises, Telecommunication operators must upgrade their networks to higher data rates. For optical fiber access networks that directly connect end users to metro/regional network, capacity upgrade must be done in a cost- and energy-efficient manner. 40 Gb/s is the possible lane rate for the next generation passive optical networks (NG-PONs). Ideally, existing 10 G PON components could be reused to support 40 Gb/s lane-rate NG-PON transceiver, which requires efficient modulation format and digital signal processing (DSP) to alleviate the bandwidth limitation and fiber dispersion. The major contribution of this work is to offer insight performance comparisons of 40 Gb/s lane rate electrical three level Duobinary, optical Duobinary, and four-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM-4) for incorporating low complex DSPs, including linear and nonlinear Volterra equalization, as well as maximum likelihood sequence estimation. Detailed analysis and comparison of the complexity of various DSP algorithms are performed. Transceiver bandwidth optimization is also undertaken. The results show that the choices of proper modulation format and DSP configuration depend on the transmission distances of interest.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wei J, Zhou J, Giacoumidis E, Haigh PA, Tang J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Future Internet

Year: 2018

Volume: 10

Issue: 12

Online publication date: 30/11/2018

Acceptance date: 28/11/2018

Date deposited: 07/03/2019

ISSN (electronic): 1999-5903

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/fi10120118


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