Wireline equalization using pulse-width modulation


Schrader, J.H.R. and Klumperink, E.A.M. and Visschers, J.L. and Nauta, B. (2006) Wireline equalization using pulse-width modulation. In: Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, CICC 2006, 10-13 Sept 2006, San Jose, CA, USA.

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Abstract:Abstract-High-speed data links over copper cables can be effectively equalized using pulse-width modulation (PWM) pre-emphasis. This provides an alternative to the usual 2-tap FIR filters. The use of PWM pre-emphasis allows a channel loss at the Nyquist frequency of ~30dB, compared to ~20dB for a 2-tap symbol-spaced FIR filter. The use of PWM fits well with future high-speed low-voltage CMOS processes. The filter has only one ‘knob’, which is the duty-cycle. This makes convergence of an algorithm for automatic adaptation straightforward. Spectral analysis illustrates that, compared to a 2-tap FIR filter, the steeper PWM filter transfer function fits better to the copper channel. This applies to both half-symbol-spaced and symbol-spaced 2-tap FIR filters. Circuits for implementation are as straightforward as for FIR pre-emphasis. In this paper new measurements are presented for a previous transmitter chip, and a new high-swing transmitter chip is presented. Both coaxial and differential cables are used for the tests. A bit rate of 5 Gb/s (2-PAM) was achieved with all cable assemblies, over a cable length of up to 130 m. Measured BER at this speed is <10-12.
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/63906
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CICC.2006.320827
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