Statistical time division multiplexing

<communications> (STDM, StatMUX) A system developed to overcome some inefficiencies of standard time division multiplexing, where time slices are still allocated to channels, even if they have no information to transmit.

STDM uses a variable time slot length and by allowing channels to vie for any free slot space.

It employs a buffer memory which temporarily stores the data during periods of peak traffic.

This scheme allows STDM to waste no high-speed line time with inactive channels.

STDM requires each transmission to carry identification information (i.e. a channel identifier).

To reduce the cost of this overhead, a number of characters for each channel are grouped together for transmission.

["Data Communications, Computer Networks and Open Systems", Halsall & Fred, Addison Wesley, p160-161, 1995].

["Digital, Analog, and Data Communication", Sinnema & McGovern, Prentice Hall, p245, 1986].

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