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Time-division multiplexing

Time-division multiplexing (TDM): Digital multiplexing in which two or more apparently simultaneous channels are derived from a given frequency spectrum, i.e., bit stream, by interleaving pulses representing bits from different channels.

In some TDM systems, successive pulses represent bits from successive channels, e.g., voice channels in a T1 system. In other systems different channels take turns using the channels for a group of successive pulse-times (a so-called "time slot").

What distinguished coarse time-division multiplexing from packet switching is that the time-slots are pre-allocated to the channels, rather then arbitrated on a per-time slot basis.

Uses of time-division multiplexing:

  • The PDH and SDH network transmission standards
  • The GSM telephone system

This article was originally based on a Federal Standard 1037C entry is support of MIL-STD-188.



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