Design Implications of High-Speed Digital PPM

Martin J. Sibley

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Work in the area of digital pulse position modulation (digital PPM) has shown that this type of modulation can yield sensitivities that are typically 4-5dB better than an equivalent PCM system. This gain in sensitivity is achieved at the cost of increased transmission speed, which means that the coder/decoder has to run at a very high clock rate. In addition, the detection of short duration digital PPM pulses, implies a very wide bandwidth receiver, and this further complicates the system design.

Recent experimental work has shown that the receiver in a digital PPM system does not need to have a wide bandwidth. Instead, the bandwidth can be very low so that the receiver is effectively impulsed by the digital PPM signal. The advent of very high speed Si digital ICs, and fast lasers, means that digital PPM can now be used to code gigabit PCM signals. This paper presents original theoretical results for a digital PPM system coding 1 Gbit/s PCM signals into 8 Gbit/s digital PPM signals. The paper also addresses the difficulties that the system designer is likely to encounter, and discusses some possible solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultigigabit Fiber Communication Systems
EditorsLeonid G. Kazovsky, Karen Liu
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0819412732, 9780819412737
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1993
EventSPIE's 1993 International Symposium on Optics, Imaging and Instrumentation - San Diego, United States
Duration: 11 Jul 199316 Jul 1993

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSPIE's 1993 International Symposium on Optics, Imaging and Instrumentation
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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