Transparent multiplexer/demultiplexer

  • US 5,841,760 A
  • Filed: 04/24/1997
  • Issued: 11/24/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/24/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A transparent multiplexer/demultiplexer (T-Mux) for transparently transporting a plurality (K) of trib signals between a first and a second site over a high rate span, each trib signal travelling on a corresponding trib network, comprising:

  • a multi-channel receiver for receiving a plurality of forward trib signals and delineating each said forward trib input signal into a forward trib data signal and a forward trib operation, administration, maintenance and provisioning (OAM&

    P) signal;

    means for multiplexing all said forward trib data signals into a forward supercarrier data signal;

    means for processing all said forward trib OAM&

    P signals and generating a forward supercarrier OAM&

    P signal; and

    a supercarrier transmitter for mapping said forward supercarrier data signal and said forward supercarrier OAM&

    P signal into a forward supercarrier signal and transmitting same over said high rate span, where K is an integer selected according to the rate of each said tributary signal and the rate of said supercarrier signal.

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