In telecommunication, the term concentrator has the following meanings:
- In data transmission, a functional unit that permits a common path to handle more data sources than there are channels currently available within the path. A concentrator usually provides communication capability between many low-speed, usually asynchronous channels and one or more high-speed, usually synchronous channels. Usually different speeds, codes, and protocols can be accommodated on the low-speed side. The low-speed channels usually operate in contention and require buffering.
- A device that connects a number of links with only one destination, the main function of this device is to make a kind of load balancing between two or more servers connected together, data distribution is done according to the server processing rate.
- A patch panel or other component in the cable plant where cable runs converge.
- ISP usually use concentrators to enable modem dialing, this kind of concentrator is sometimes called a modem concentrator or a remote access concentrator.
- Ethernet hub
- Oxygen concentrator (Medical application)
- Remote concentrator
- Concentrating solar power (Energy application)
- ^ a b "Federal Standard 1037C". http://www.its.bldrdoc.gov/fs-1037//dir-009/_1207.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
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