A 16Gbps low power self-timed SerDes transceiver for multi-core communication
This paper presents a modified design for a self-timed SerDes transceiver that was recently published . The new architecture overcomes the main problems that arise in , while offering the same advantages. Resistive termination is used instead of source matching to eliminate the need for Manchester coding in , this resistive termination increased the data rate to be 16Gbps compared to 12Gbps in . Moreover, resistive termination removed the limitation on the minimum operating frequency that existed in , solving a lot of problems at the slow process corners. A single ended transmission line is used instead of the differential transmission line in . A calibration circuit is implemented to control the switching threshold of the detector at the receiver side to account for voltage and process variations. The SerDes transceiver is implemented for a 3mm long on-chip transmission line in 65nm TSMC CMOS technology, which is the same as . The total power consumed in the Tx/Rx pair with the transmission line is 18.1mWatt, compared to 15.5mWatt in . The proposed architecture have the same advantages in  of being self timed, eliminating the need for complex power hungry blocks such as Clock and Data Recovery (CDR) at the receiver, and being insensitive to jitter accumulated during transmission. © 2012 IEEE.