A 10 Gb/s Hybrid ADC-Based Receiver With Embedded Analog and Per-Symbol Dynamically Enabled Digital Equalization Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 IEEE. While analog-to-digital converter (ADC)-based serial link receivers enable powerful digital equalization for high data rate operation, the ADC and digital equalization power consumption is a key concern in applications that support operation over a wide range of channels with varying amounts of intersymbol interference (ISI). This paper presents a hybrid ADC-based receiver architecture which employs a 3-tap analog feed-forward equalizer (FFE) embedded inside a 6 bit asynchronous successive approximation register (SAR) ADC and a per-symbol dynamically enabled digital equalizer, resulting in both reduced equalizer complexity and power consumption. Fabricated in general purpose (GP) 65 nm CMOS, the hybrid ADC-based receiver occupies 0. 81 mm2 area. 10 Gb/s operation is verified for FR4 channels with up to 36.4 dB attenuation, with the proposed dynamic enabling of the digital 4-tap FFE and 3-tap decision feedback equalizer (DFE) on a per-symbol basis resulting in nearly 30 mW savings and an overall receiver power less than 90 mW.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Shafik, A., Tabasy, E. Z., Cai, S., Lee, K., Hoyos, S., & Palermo, S.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Shafik, Ayman||Tabasy, Ehsan Zhian||Cai, Shengchang||Lee, Keytaek||Hoyos, Sebastian||Palermo, Samuel

publication date

  • March 2016