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Isochronous
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Pronounced "I-sockronous" Data transmission where timing is derived from the signal carrying the data. No timing or clock lead is provided at the customer interface. In isochronous data transmission, data has no embedded timing - send it slower and it is still valid, only late. Voice and video are intimately tied to timing. With TMD (Time Division Multiplexing) services, there is a direct relationship between the signal rate used to digitize the voice and samples and the bearer channel rate, allowing accurate reconstruction of the voice (or other signals) at the far end. In packet technologies, no such relationship exists. Services like ATM must use care in transferring such signals so timing can be recovered since it cannot be derived from the ATM bearer channel.


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