|Publication number||USRE41247 E1|
|Application number||US 09/820,973|
|Publication date||Apr 20, 2010|
|Filing date||Mar 29, 2001|
|Priority date||Apr 1, 1997|
|Also published as||US5898801|
|Publication number||09820973, 820973, US RE41247 E1, US RE41247E1, US-E1-RE41247, USRE41247 E1, USRE41247E1|
|Inventors||Steve W. Braun, Henri Hodara, John J. Soderberg, G. Allan Whittaker|
|Original Assignee||Lockheed Martin Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (209), Non-Patent Citations (51), Referenced by (2), Classifications (23), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 08/831,375 filed Apr. 1, 1997, now U.S. Pat. No. 5,901,260.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention generally relates to an optical transport system for transmitting, extracting, and inserting light bi-directionally on a light transmission line, and more particularly to a redundant, non-blocking, bidirectional, multi-channel, protocol independent optical transport system for the simultaneous transfer of multiple, optically encoded signals.
2. Background Discussion
A variety of different topologies are employed to manage the transmission of data on an electrical data bus. Known network topologies include: 1) broadcast, such as utilized on a data bus; 2) point-to-point electrical and optical repeater lines, such as seen with the ring configuration; 3) and logical star, where all data is transmitted to and from a central location for retransmission to an intended recipient.
One particular problem with these known network topologies is that they cannot be easily integrated with one another. In essence, once a particular topology and protocol are chosen for managing the transmission and receipt of data on a given network, that topology and protocol must always be used by the network. This lack of adaptability is a particular detrimental problem when new or more useful topologies are developed but cannot be applied to existing data transmission networks which are locked into archaic, less efficient topologies.
Recent advances in data transmission technology have been directed to increasing the bandwidth or data capacity of the network, i.e., increasing the amount of data that can be transmitted by the network.
Physics imposes data rates limits on standard optical networks which encode data in pulses of laser light and dispatch them through wires made of glass. Very fast data rates require very short pulses, which tend to smear into one another as they travel through kilometers of fiber. Electronic devices staggered along the path can clean up the signal, but they are expensive and can work on at most 50 billion bits per second using current technology.
To increase the data capacity, researchers have transmitted many signals simultaneously over a single fiber by encoding them in different wavelengths or channels. Transmission networks that use this technique, known as wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), have boosted the capacity of existing fiber twenty fold or more.
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide an optical transport system which overcomes the disadvantages of the prior art and takes advantage of the recent advances in wavelength division multiplexing.
Accordingly, it is another object of the present invention to provide a novel, bi-directional, redundant optical transport system configured to provide a non-blocking, bidirectional, multi-channel, protocol independent optical transport system for the simultaneous transmission of multiple optical signals.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide an optical transport system using an unique optical amplification arrangement whereby through-fiber between nodes of the system are doped with a rare earth, such as, for example, erbium to provide sufficient amplification to compensate for coupler splitting losses, splice and connector losses.
One particularly advantageous feature of the present invention is that it provides an advanced bus structure which readily supports the bandwidth and channel capacity requirements of present and further avionics data buses while providing physical redundancy to enhance network survivability.
Another particular advantageous feature of the present invention is that it provides the ability to simultaneously transmit a plurality of information as analog, digital and discrete signals over a single wavelength using a single fiber. In this regard, the invention is capable of the simultaneous, non-interfering transmission over multiple topologies of multiple co-existing protocols each running at independent data rates. Additionally, it features the simultaneous, non-interfering transmission over multiple co-existing topologies of analog, digital and discrete signals.
The present invention relates to an optical transport system that permits one, two or a plurality of different network topologies to be respectively connected by one, two or a plurality of fiber optic transmission lines that each transmit light bi-directionally over each of the one, two or plurality of fiber optic lines. Each fiber optic transmission line is capable of carrying one, two or a plurality of wavelengths and each wavelength can contain one, two or a plurality of analog, digital and discrete signals that are encoded using one, two or a plurality of encoding techniques.
The heart of the present invention is an ingenuous arrangement of passive fiber optic couplers, which when combined with wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) selectively route optical signals in and out of the system at each node thereof as discloses by Applicants co-pending U.S. patent application entitled An Optical Interface Device, Ser. No. 08/831,375, filed Apr. 1, 1997, (the entire disclosure of which is herein incorporated by reference for all purposes). This optical interface device, also sometime referred to as an optical bus interface module (OBIM), is capable of inserting, extracting and transmitting light bi-directionally over one, two or a plurality of fiber optic transmission lines carrying one, two or a plurality of wavelengths over each fiber optic transmission line and each wavelength contains one, two or a plurality of analog, digital or discrete signals that are encoded using one, two or a plurality of encoding techniques.
These and other objects, advantages and features of the present invention are achieved, according to one embodiment of the present invention by a redundant, optical transport system which is configured to provide a non-blocking, bi-directional, multi-channel, protocol independent optical transport system for the simultaneous transfer of multiple optical signals between a plurality data terminal equipment. The optical transport system includes a light transmission line for transmitting light bi-directionally and a plurality of nodes, connected linearly by the light transmission line for receiving, extracting and passing signal light. Each node comprises: data terminal equipment for issuing and receiving electrical signals; an electro-optical interface device, associated the data terminal equipment, for converting electrical signals issued by the associated data terminal to light signals for insertion onto the light transmission light and for converting signal light, extracted from the light transmission line into electrical signals to be received by the associated data terminal; a translation logic device connected between the optical interface device and the data terminal equipment, if required, for performing required protocol translation for the data terminal equipment and an optical interface device, connected to the electro-optical interface device and the light transmission line, for extracting light signals from the light transmission line to be converted into electrical signal by the electro-optical interface device for receipt by the data terminal equipment, for inserting, onto the light transmission line, signal light received from the electro-optical interface device and for passing signal light bi-directionally on the light transmission line.
The transport system further includes a pumping arrangement, for example, an optical pump source, for inserting excitation light onto the light transmission line; an optical amplifier connector fiber connecting the each of the optical interface devices linearly to one another, wherein the optical amplifier connector fiber is doped with a material which is excited by the excitation light and which emits light having a same wavelength as the light signals when radiated with light signals transmitted bi-directionally by the at least one fiber optic line.
The Optical Transport System—General Description
The system 111 comprises a plurality of optical bus interface modules (OBIM's) or optical interface devices 115, as discloses by Applicants co-pending U.S. patent application entitled An Optical Interface Device, Ser. No. 08/831,375, filed Apr. 1, 1997, (the entire disclosure of which is herein incorporated by reference for all purposes). Each OBIM 115 is an arrangement of passive fiber optic couplers, as will be more fully explained with particular reference to
The primary purpose of the OBIM's 115 is to facilitate bi-directional data transmission and reception over fiber light transmission line 113 comprising one, two or a plurality of fiber optic lines as will be more fully described hereinafter. The configuration achieving this function is shown in FIG. 4A. The OBIM's 115 are interconnected, linearly, by the transmission line 113 and constitute a totally optical interface to the system 111.
The optical signals that are fed in or out of the systems 111 are then processed within the node A through the use of an electro-optical interface card (EOIC) 117 which includes wavelength selective filters, photoreceivers and a laser transmitter or light emitting diode photo-transmitter as will be more fully described hereinafter.
Each EOIC 117 is a device which performs an impedance match between the light and electrical domains. The input and the output of each of the EOIC's 117 are connected to a translation logic card (TLC) 119 which performs the required protocol translation for the data terminal equipment (DTE) 121, which comprises, for example, a computer, video or telephone device, which each have, for example, different protocol requirements. However, a TLC 119 is not required and the EOIC 117 can interface directly with the memory of each of the DTE 121. This eliminates approximately two thirds of the interface electronics presently employed for the purpose of transmitting information from one DTE to other DTE's.
Each EOIC 117 is provided for converting the optical signals transported over the transmission line 113 to electrical signals which will be eventually read by the associated DTE 121 and for converting the electrical signals issued by the associated DTE 121 to optical signals for transmission over the optical transmission line 113.
The EOIC 117, in addition to performing the electrical-to-optical and optical-to-electrical function, provides the means for signal transfer between bus elements and the work stations through TLC's 119 (intermediate interface cards). A TLC is a device which performs protocol impedance matching between the DTE's and the EOIC's. The protocol can be either the preferred direct digital memory interface, the direct analog sensor interface or a legacy protocol. The TLC 119 is capable of receiving or transmitting and converting one or more protocols. For example, two such cards provide standardized avoioncis communication protocols for ARINC 429 and Mil_Std 1553. Two PC based workstations (DTE's 121) provide data display capability using a multi-window display format for the simultaneous viewing of multiple signals and man-machine interface.
The optical transport system 111 incorporates optical amplification which is powered using a laser pump 123, emitting light having a wavelength of about 980 nm as will be more fully described with particular reference to FIG. 2.
The transmission line 113 of the general configuration of the optical transport system 111 illustrated by
Arrangement For Pumping The Optical Transport System
The arrangement 19 comprises a pump source 21 for inserting excitation light (about 980 nm) onto the transmission line 113 which as noted above, comprises a single fiber optic line 113, however, the present invention is not limited to a single line 13 and envisions use with two or more fiber optic lines as will be more fully discussed hereinafter.
An optical amplifier 27 for amplifying signal light is also provided which comprises, for example, a connector fiber optic line having a length 1, for connecting the OBIM 11 with other devices as well as between OBIM's of the system 111. The connector fiber optic line of the optical amplifier 27 is doped with a material that is excited by the excitation light and that emits light having a same wavelength as the light signals when radiated with light signals.
Erbium is a suitable material for doping the fiber optic line of the optical amplifier 27 because 980 nm excitation light excites erbium atoms in the fiber such that when the excited erbium atoms collapse, 1550 nm light (the same wavelength as the signal light) is emitted. Therefore, when a photon of 1550 nm signal light collides with the excited erbium atoms, one photon of 1550 nm signal light becomes two photons of 1550 nm signal light.
According to the preferred embodiment of
The connector fiber of the optical amplifier 27 is used to connect the OBIM 11 to an other device, including, but not limited to another OBIM 11 and can be provided both prior to and subsequent to the OBIM 11. Further, the connector fiber of the optical amplifier 27 can also be connected to at least one of the extraction port 29 or the insertion port 31 of the OBIM 11.
An optical amplifier 27 for amplifying signal light is also provided for receiving excitation light from the pump source 21 as well as signal light transmitted in both directions A or B on the at least one fiber optic line 13. As described above, the optical amplifier 27 comprises, for example, a connector fiber optic line having a length 1, for connecting the OBIM 11 with other devices. The connector fiber optic line of the optical amplifier 27 is doped with a material, such as, for example, erbium, that is excited by the excitation light and that emits light having a same wavelength as the light signals when radiated with light signals.
According to the preferred embodiment of
The connector fiber of the optical amplifier 27 is used to connect the OBIM 11 to another device, including, but not limited to another OBIM 11 and can be provided both prior to and subsequent to the OBIM 11. Further, the connector fiber of the optical amplifier can also be connected to at least one of the extraction port 29 or the insertion port 31 of the OBIM.
In lieu of the OBIM 11 of
In order to provide redundancy the light transmission line 113 of the optical transport system 111 of the present invention preferably comprises a pair of fiber optic lines as best seen in FIG. 4A. Therefore, if one of the fiber optic lines is broken, the remaining fiber optic line will transmit the signal light.
The OBIM 115 also comprises a pair of 80/20 fiber optic-line, optical couplers 126, 126″, each coupled directly to one of the fiber optic lines 113′, 113″ and to one of the pair of 50/50 optical couplers 125, 125″, for respectively passing light on the associated fiber optic line 113′ or 113″, for receiving light for the associated 50/50 optical coupler 125 or 125′ to be inserted onto the associated fiber optic line 113′ or 113″ and for transmitting said received light in opposite directions on the one associated fiber optic line 113′ or 113″, and for extracting light from opposite directions on the one associated fiber optic line 113′ or 113″ and transmitting said extracted light to the associated 50/50 optical coupler 125 or 125′. An additional 50/50 optical coupler 127 is included for receiving light outputted by the EOIC 117 and providing the received light to the pair of 50/50 optical couplers 125, 125′ for insertion bi-directionally on both of the fiber optic lines 113′ and 113″.
To understand the optical routing achieved by OBIM 115, the following discussion is provided. A signal exiting from the upper left fiber (labeled fiber 113′) traveling toward 80/20 coupler 126 is split such that 80% of the signal is passed on fiber 113′ to the next node and the remaining 20% is directed toward the EOIC 117. The remaining 20% of light, by action of the associated 50/50 coupler 125 is split equally and routed towards optical filter/receiver combination 129, 131. In a similar fashion, tracing the signal from the EOIC 117, light is split equally by 50/50 coupler 127 and provided to both 50/50 couplers 125, 125′ when it is split equally and routed to each bus fiber 113′, 113″ for insertion thereon in opposite directions simultaneously one each of the fibers 113′, 113″.
Because two parallel optical paths now exist, optical signals for each will be slightly delayed with respect to each other as a function of path length difference between respective transmitting and receiving nodes. For high frequency operation, these signals must be treated independently, for example, by employing two optical receivers, one dedicated to each path.
Generic EOIC Structure
Located between the OBIM and the DTE 121, the EOIC 117 enables communication between like DTE's 121 located at different nodes of the system 111. As shown in
In a fully operational mode of the system 111, the output of either receiver 131, 131′ is valid and the choice as to which to use is arbitrary. However, in the event of a fiber break, the alternative receiver is automatically selected. Each receiver 131, 131′ detects and measures the incident input signal and outputs a corresponding digital signal indicating whether or not a minimum input optical power threshold is exceeded. Control logic then monitors these signals and selects the appropriate receiver.
Instead of continuous data transmission, the system 111, particularly when applied to avionics data bus requires, deals with bursty transmission (high density, clusters or packets of data). Most optical receivers designed for digital transmission incorporate automatic gain control for extending optical input dynamic range. These AGC loops have settling times in excess of many bit periods thereby causing loss of leading bits in a data packet. For continuous data this is generally not a problem, but in discontinuous data transmission, the situation is unacceptable. To get around this problem, the receivers 131, 131′ operating on the principle of edge detection, although a penalty is incurred in terms of loss of optical sensitivity.
The details of the optical and electro-optical system for implementing simultaneous multi-network operation using multiple optical carriers over a single fiber implementation are also shown in FIG. 4A. The technical approach exploits the two low attenuation windows of step index single mode optical fiber, 1310 nm and 1550 nm. By means of narrow bandwidth optical sources, temperature controlled distributed feedback lasers, and complementary narrow band optical filters, multiple interfering optical carriers are realized in the 1550 nm operating band.
Therefore, it is possible to provide four channels within the 1550 nm operating band which each have center wavelengths at, for example, 1536 nm, 1543 nm, 1550 nm, and 1557 nm, each channel being capable of carrying different signal light imparting distinct information. Optical carrier encoding techniques supported by this architecture include signal formats such as Pulse Code Modulation (PCM), intensity modulation (IM) coherent or incoherent, amplitude, phase and frequency modulation.
Specific EOIC Structure of Mil_Std 1553
In addition to optical filtering and E/O and O/E conversion, the EOIC 117 is adapted to provide the required data encoding functions to convert the ARINC 429 and Mil_Std 1553 three-level codes to two level codes. In the electrical domain, these signals are encoded as tri-level signals and then converted to bi-level signaling with subsequent bandwidth increase. Although optical intensity modulation (IM) supports multi-level encoding, the preponderance of commercial optical receivers are designed for bi-level operation.
The encoding and decoding function is performed by the EOIC 117 which includes an on-board gate array containing conversion circuitry for both data types. In the present embodiment of the system 111, four data types transit the optical transport system 111: three digital and one FM video.
As shown in
Mil_Std 1553 line receiver 135 converts the bi-polar bus signal to digital logic level and line driver 135′ converts logic level signals to bi-polar signals levels conforming to Mil_Std 1553 specifications.
Encoding optical transmission of the MIL-1553 bus messages requires converting the three state electrical signal to a two state optical signal which is accomplished by FPGA 137. MIL-1553 bus transmission medium is a twisted pair wire. Signal states present on the wire include a NULL state signifying inactivity, and two active states for the transmission of 1's and 0's. Thus, voltage across the two wire has three possible states. For optical transmission of the signal, it must be encoded in a waveform with only two states. Another requirement of the coding is that it must have zero DC content for any combination of sync patterns, ones and zeros. The encoding concept is to frequency encode the three states by assigning one frequency to denote the logical ONE, another frequency to denote a logical ZERO and a third frequency (0 Hz) to denote no transmission.
The laser drive and temperature control 139 performs two functions: 1) laser modulation and 2) laser temperature control. The laser driver converts the digital input signals from the FPGA 137 to current pulses used to modulate the laser. The resultant optical signal intensity waveform is representative of the digital input signal. The purpose of the laser temperature control is to maintain the laser at a constant temperature. DFB laser wavelength dependence is on the order of 0.1 nm/C. Tuning over a range of a few nanometers can be attained by varying the laser temperature. By controlling the laser temperature, the laser emission wavelength is adjusted to match the optical filter passband.
As noted in the general discussion of the EOIC structure, the optical receivers 131, 131′ convert the received optical signal to an electrical signal. This receiver is a digital type and its output is PECL digital signal levels that are converted to CMOS levels using a comparator.
As shown in
Power module 139 generates, regulates and filters all secondary voltages derived from the prime avionics power of +28 VDC.
The protocol as defined by MIL_STD 1553 defines in part certain timing requirements for command and data transfer operations between nodes identified as either Bus Controllers (BC's) or Remote Terminals (RT's). Of particular importance in the design of the optical equivalent of the electrical bus is the preservation of intermessage gaps and the introduction of minimal transmission delay between the fiber optic elements and the electrical bus.
Specific EOIC Structure For ARINC 429
ARINC line receiver 141 converts the tri-state bus signal to CMOS compatible digital signals. The line driver 143 converts CMOS logic level signals to tri-state bus signal levels conforming to ARINC 429 specifications.
FPGA 137, provided for encoding optical transmission of the ARINC 429 bus message is conceptually identical to the Mil_Std 1553 encoding scheme. Frequency assignment to represent the bits and periods of no transmissions is similarly assigned.
Since ARINC 429 defines an air transport industry standard for the transfer of the digital data between avionics elements, it specifies the basic system configuration and communication protocols. Any avionics element having information to transmit, will do so form a designated output port over a single twisted and shielded wire pair to all other elements that have a need for such information. The information flow is uni-directional. The typical ARINC system consists of a controller, which oversees the gathering and time multiplexing of data in accordance with the protocol, a line driver capable of driving the twisted wire pair, and one or more receivers which process the received data transmitted over the twisted wire pair.
To determine the required functionality of a fiber optic implementation, the following discussion is provided with particular reference to a typical, known ARINC network configuration as shown in FIG. 4D. The ARINC network configuration comprises ARINC avionics element 145 having a transmitter section 145a and a receiver section 145b which are respectively connected to each of the inputs 147a and each of the outputs 147b of associated sensors at 147.
The operational features of the illustrated ARINC configuration include communications protocol between avionics element 145 and sensors 147 as well as the physical media required to support the protocol.
ARINC protocol defines that when one of the sensor 147 needs to send data, (called a Link Data Unit (LDU)), to the avionics element 145, the sensor 147 will issue a Request To Send (RTS) to the avionics element 145. The avionics element 145 responds with a Clear To Send (CTS) and data transfer commences. This method of data exchange exemplifies data transfer using an uni-directional bus 149 shared by multiple elements for data transfer initiation and dedicated buses 151 for data transfer from sensors 147 to the avionics element 145.
The protocol therefore relies upon two uni-directional busses to query and/or transmit dat to another element and receive data from such element. The timing associated with such transfers is sequential. A request is initiated, a response transmitted followed by data transmission.
Sometimes, upon system power-up or status check, an avionics element may request sensor confirmation that results in parallel transmissions from multiple sensors. This is a special instance, a condition to be recognized when designing the optical implementation. Having identified the basic ARINC communication protocol and system configuration, the optical solution that preserves bidirectional functionality and simultaneous transmissions over a single fiber transmission medium will now be discussed with particular reference to FIG. 4E.
The second approach, as illustrated by
The key to eliminating the numerous optical wavelengths assigned to each remote terminal data return path is through time division multiplexing as shown in FIG. 4F. Normal operation prohibits multiple remote terminals (RT's) from simultaneous transmission, but as noted above, in certain circumstances such simultaneous transmissions can occur.
To fully satisfy these operating modes, a transmission protocol similar to Ethernet is adopted which specifies a procedure to resolve transmission conflict. Provision for temporary storage of data is required until access to the bus is obtained and transmission rates must be increased to equal the data rate of all RT's transmitting simultaneously.
Video EOIC Structure
A received optical signal is converted to an electrical signal by optical receiver 131 and the resulting signal provide to video line driver 157, the output of which drives the comparator demodulator 159. The recovered baseband signal serves as input of a frame grabber (not shown) located in the main workstation PC (not shown).
Operational Modes of the Optical Transport System
It is clear from
The present invention is not limited to fixed wavelengths. In fact, the present invention operates as a non-blocking logical switch if all nodes have their transmitters and receivers tunable. The operation is as follows: if a node want to transmit to a set of nodes on a specific wavelength and the transmitting node tunes its laser to that wavelength, the receiving nodes tune their receivers to the same wavelength. Tunable filters, whether electro-optical, acouto-optical or opto-mechanical can be inserted in the receivers in lieu of fixed filters in order to vary the wavelength assignment on a packet-to-packet basis as well as to provide dynamic routing.
If some OBIM's 115 are altered to be configured as in
Optimum System Topology
The optimum bus interface topology is illustrated in
(0.5)(0.5)(0.2)[(0 2)(0.5)](0.8)n-2=0.00125(0.8)n-2=−23 dB
Optimum coupling is a function of the number of nodes. Calling the on-line coupling ratio c and the off-line coupling ratio k were c and k corresponding to the cross states and (1−c), (1−k) are the bar states, the bus is assigned arbitrary coupling c and k. Deriving the optimum coupling ratios by calculating the received signals at both extreme nodes as follows:
Received signal at node n from node 1: Bus 1 or Bus 2: k3(1−c)(1−c)(c)n-2=k3(1−c)2(c)n-2 where n=number of nodes.
To ensure same signal strength at both nodes,
As noted above, the OBIM 115 provides the optical interface between the avionics cable plant and the EOIC 117. A small rugged enclosure complete with moisture seals ensures a benign mechanical environment for the couplers, splices, and fiber pigtails and also provides an area for excess fiber storage and restraint to minimize fiber vibration and hence fracture and breakage. The proposed package shown in
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|U.S. Classification||385/24, 359/215.1, 359/245, 359/223.1|
|International Classification||H04B10/24, H04J14/02, H04B10/213, G02B6/42, G02B6/28, H04B10/20|
|Cooperative Classification||H04J14/0241, H04J14/0228, H04J14/0246, H04J14/0247, H04J14/02, H04J14/0204, H04J14/0227, H04J14/0291, H04J14/028, H04J14/0283|
|European Classification||H04J14/02N4, H04J14/02N2, H04J14/02|
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