Patent Number: 8,798,465

Title: Optical path switching signal transmission/reception apparatus and corresponding method

Abstract: An optical path switching type optical signal transmission/reception apparatus includes a one-to-seven compatible optically controlled optical path switching apparatus 100 that is connected to a host optical signal transmission/reception apparatus 1 via an optical fiber, a total of seven subordinate optical communication adapters 110 connected via optical fibers, user side devices 160 connected to respective subordinate optical communication adapters via an electric circuit, an optical transmission/reception control circuit provided in each of the total of seven subordinate user side optical communication adapters 110, and including an uplink optical signal transmission mechanism, a downlink optical signal reception mechanism, a control light source that can generate control light to drive the optical path switching apparatus 100, in which a wavelength of the generated control light is different from a wavelength of signal light, and an optical communication oriented transmission/reception mechanism using the wavelength of the control light source, optical paths 1211 to 1216 dedicated to the control light to connect the optical path switching apparatus 100 to the seven user side optical communication adapters 110, and a reflection-type star coupler.

Inventors: Tanaka; Norio (Tokyo, JP), Takarada; Shigeru (Tokyo, JP), Watanabe; Hirobumi (Kawasaki, JP), Futaki; Shiro (Yokohama, JP), Ueno; Ichiro (Isehara, JP), Hiraga; Takashi (Ikeda, JP), Yamamoto; Noritaka (Ikeda, JP)

Assignee: Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd.

International Classification: H04J 14/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018