Challenges in Gbps wireless optical transmission

Mike Wolf*, Jianhui Li, Liane Grobe, Dominic O'Brien, Hoa Le Minh, Olivier Bouchet

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In this paper, the link budget of Gbps wireless infrared indoor communication is analysed. We particularly focus on the receiver sensitivity and identify the most suitable wavelengths range. We show that an optical receiver operating at 1 Gbps will hardly achieve the shot noise limit, which is determined by the received amount of background light. Regarding the link budget, we present two case studies. One deals with (very) short range communication, the other one with a wireless personal area network. We reveal that a network demands for avalanche photodiodes as well as beam steering. This clearly causes major challenges regarding compact and inexpensive components.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Lightweight Wireless Systems
Subtitle of host publicationSecond International ICST Conference, MOBILIGHT 2010, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsPeriklis Chatzimisios, Christos Verikoukis, Ignacio Santamaría, Massimiliano Laddomada, Oliver Hoffmann
Number of pages12
Volume45 LNICST
ISBN (Electronic)9783642166440
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2nd International ICST Conference on Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems, MOBILIGHT 2010 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 May 201012 May 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume45 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Conference2nd International ICST Conference on Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems, MOBILIGHT 2010


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