A 6 bit 10 GS/s TI-SAR ADC With Low-Overhead Embedded FFE/DFE Equalization for Wireline Receiver Applications Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014 IEEE. High-speed ADC front-ends in wireline receivers allow for implementing flexible, complex, and robust equalization in the digital domain, as well as easily supporting bandwidth-efficient modulation schemes, such as PAM4 and duobinary. However, the power consumption of these ADC front-ends and subsequent digital signal processing is a major issue. This paper presents a 64-way 6 bit 10 GS/s time-interleaved successive-approximation-based ADC front-end that efficiently incorporates a two-tap embedded FFE and a one-tap embedded DFE, providing the potential for a lower complexity back-end DSP and/or decreased ADC resolution. Fabricated in a 1.1V GP 65nm CMOS process, the ADC with embedded equalization achieves 0.48 pJ/conv.-step FOM, while consuming 79.1mW and occupying 0.33 mm 2 core ADC area. The effectiveness of the embedded FFE and DFE is demonstrated with significant timing margin improvement observed for 10 Gb/s operation over several FR4 channels.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

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

publication date

  • November 2014