A TDM bus is one application of the principle of Time-Division Multiplexing.
In a TDM Bus, data or information arriving from an input line is put onto specific timeslots on a high-speed bus, where a recipient would listen to the bus and pick out only the signals for a certain timeslot.
It resembles the TDM carried out in synchronous optical networking, but the "TDM Bus" term is more commonly used when the bus is inside a single unit like a telecommunications switch or a PC.
A specification for putting a TDM bus on PCI hardware has been published as H.100/H.110 by the Enterprise Computer Telephony Forum (ECTF). These are not related to the ITU-T recommendations with the same identifiers.
- Linktionary listing based on the Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications, last accessed 2007-02-04]