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Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking, Fourth Edition by Bill Woodward, Andrew Oliviero

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Chapter 27. Fiber-Optic Light Sources

As discussed in Chapter 18, "History of Fiber Optics," the idea of transmitting information with light is not new—only the technology that makes it easily possible. Like optical fiber, light source technology has improved rapidly over the decades. These technological advances have greatly increased data transmission rates and reduced costs. Fiber-optic transmitters are available to support every standardized network with a variety of connector choices.

This chapter discusses current fiber-optic light source and transmitter technology as it applies to common telecommunication network standards, industrial control systems, and general-purpose systems. The performance standards that we discuss in this chapter ...

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