A digital-intensive on-chip serial link achieving a 10 Gb/s data rate over a 10-mm interconnect was demonstrated in a 65-nm GP process. A three-tap half-rate feed-forward equalizer was implemented for signal pre-emphasis in the transmitted block. On the receiver (RX) side, a two-tap half-rate time-based decision feedback equalizer was employed to cancel out inter-symbol interference noise. A 215-1 pseudorandom binary sequence generator and an in situ bit error rate (BER) monitor were designed for bit stream generation and convenient eye-diagram measurements. The measured energy efficiency of the transmitter and RX was 31.9 and 45.3 fJ/b/mm, respectively, for a data rate of 10 Gb/s. A BER less than 10-12 was verified for an eye width of 0.43 unit interval.
- Digital intensive
- eye diagram
- feed-forward equalizer (FFE)
- in situ bit error rate (BER) monitor
- pseudorandom binary sequence (PRBS)
- time-based decision feedback equalizer (TB-DFE)