[sdiy] How to use an analog time-domain multiplexer?

Mike Bryant mbryant at futurehorizons.com
Fri Jun 4 15:20:08 CEST 2021

> It works in telecomms because they buy parts in the tens or hundreds of millions per year, so they get excellent prices on parts (although the current situation is not helping).  And even then, the cost of infrastructure is ameliorated over many years so the per-port cost is less critical.  

Actually it didn't work even for telecoms.  The MTBF of digitally controlled analogue switched systems such as the TXE4 was almost so bad that you needed 24/7 engineer coverage for each one.  The push to go digital wasn't to improve the voice quality, as nobody cared about that back then, but simply to be able go to a digital crosspoint switch that could be left alone for a year or so.

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