time-division multiplexing

Definitions

General Science

  • noun
    (written as time division multiplexing)
    a method of combining several signals into one high-speed transmission carrier, each input signal being sampled in turn and the result transmitted to be reconstructed by the receiver.

Construction

  • (written as time division multiplexing)
    Splitting a channel into a series of time slots and allotting them for certain sources so that messages from a number of devices are received at sufficiently spaced intervals.

Electronics

  • Multiplexing in which a single channel is utilized to transmit multiple signals, each with its allocated time slot. Using this technique, several lower speed signals are multiplexed into a higher speed channel for transmission, and are demultiplexed at receiving locations. Used, for instance, to combine voice or data channels into high-bandwidth circuits such as T1 or E1. Also, the technology enabling such multiplexing. Its abbreviation is TDM.
  • acronymTDM
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