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Fiber Optic Video Transmission by David Goff

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Chapter 1

The Intersection of Two Cornerstone Technologies

 

This book discusses the convergence of two of the great technology forces of the last few decades: video transmission and fiber optic transmission. Video, like data and audio, represents an essential element in any modern communication system. However, fundamental differences set video transmission apart from data and audio transmission. Video signals require huge amounts of transmission capacity, or bandwidth, as well as one or more associated audio channels, and the system must transmit a continuous, uninterrupted signal in order to achieve proper reception. This contrasts sharply with data, where pauses in data reception are often only minor annoyances.

In its earliest incarnation, ...

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