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CDDI (Copper Distributed Data Interface)

For a local area network (LAN), CDDI (Copper Distributed Data Interface) is a standard for data transmission based on FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) that uses shielded twisted-pair (STP) or unshielded twisted pair (UTP) copper wire instead of fiber optic lines. CDDI supports a dual-ring capacity of 200 Mbps. CDDI's maximum distance is up to 200 meters, which is much shorter than FDDI.

CDDI is defined by the American National Standards Committee X3-T9.5 and conforms to the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model of functional layering. CDDI is officially named the Twisted-Pair Physical Medium Dependent (TP-PMD) standard and is also referred to as Twisted Pair Distributed Data Interface (TP-DDI).

Contributor(s): Matt Zobel
This was last updated in April 2007
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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