This brief presents a wireline transmitter architecture, enabling multilevel signaling with feedforward equalization (FFE) in voltage-mode. A compact R2R-DAC-based front end is proposed and analyzed in terms of its speed, power consumption, and linearity. A voltage-mode PAM-4 transmitter with 2-tap FFE utilizing the proposed architecture is implemented in the 65-nm CMOS technology. It achieves a data rate of 34 Gb/s and an energy efficiency of 2.7 mW/Gb/s.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2017|
- Feed-forward equalization (FFE)