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In telecommunications, the term saturation has the following meanings:
- In a communications system, the condition at which a component of the system has reached its maximum traffic-handling capacity. Note: Saturation is equivalent to one erlang per circuit.
- The point at which the output of a linear device, such as a linear amplifier, deviates significantly from being a linear function of the input when the input signal is increased. Note: Modulation often requires that amplifiers operate below saturation.
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