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A network adapter for a synchronous logical ring network operates on existing physical twisted-pair telephone topologies. Information propagates around the logical ring, reaching every device on each revolution around the network. Network devices are full-duplex, transmitting and receiving information on every clock cycle. Network devices arbitrate to be elected the network clock device. By synchronizing all network devices to a single reference clock, and providing fixed frames of information propagating around the network at consistent time intervals, the logical ring network ensures that information propagates from one device to another at consistent time intervals. The fixed-length frames are divided into two independent streams: a data stream for the distribution of real-time continuous digital media streams; and a system command stream for the distribution of system commands.

Title
Synchronous network for digital media streams
Application Number
9/79914
Publication Number
6611537 (B1)
Application Date
May 15, 1998
Publication Date
August 26, 2003
Inventor
Timothy Andrew Ryan
Menlo Park
CA, US
Roger Charles Meike
Redwood City
CA, US
Donald Robert Hoover
Cupertino
CA, US
Glenn T Edens
Redwood City
CA, US
Agent
Fenwick & West
US
Assignee
Centillium Communications
CA, US
IPC
H04J 3/16
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