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A SerDes Balancing Act: Co-Optimizing TX and RX Equalization Settings to Maximize Margin

Original Air Date: Feb 23, 2016 Webinar
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Overview:
Increasing complexity in SerDes Tx and Rx designs requires trading off Tx and Rx equalization to maximize receiver eye margin. This involves trading off ISI and amplitude while choosing what equalization to apply at the Tx and Rx. This webinar presents co-optimization results for various channel types: lossy, ISI-dominated, industry-reference and hypothetical. Results presented are based on SiSoft's OptimEye technology, which makes advanced Co-Optimization accessible to anyone working with serial links.

Attendees will learn:

  • How different types of SerDes equalization affect receiver margin
  • How channel characteristics affect equalization strategies
  • How to balance Tx and Rx settings to maximize margin
  • Methods for automating the balancing process
Who should attend:
  • System designers working with IBIS-AMI models
  • SerDes designers developing IBIS-AMI models
  • Managers of groups working with IBIS-AMI models
  • Engineers verifying SerDes settings in the lab
Speakers

Donald Telian

Donald Telian is an independent Signal Integrity Consultant and Owner of SiGuys. Building on over 30 years of SI experience at Intel, Cadence, HP, and others, his recent focus has been on helping customers correctly implement today’s Multi-Gigabit serial links. His numerous published works on this and other topics are available at his website www.siguys.com. Donald is widely known as the SI designer of the PCI bus and the originator of IBIS modeling and has taught SI techniques to thousands of engineers in more than 15 countries.

Todd Westerhoff

Todd Westerhoff has over 36 years of experience in modeling and simulation, including 19 years of signal integrity experience. He is responsible for SiSoft's activities working with semiconductor vendors to develop high quality simulation models. Todd has been heavily involved with the IBIS-AMI modeling specification since its inception. He has held senior technical and management positions for Cisco and Cadence and worked as an independent signal integrity consultant. Todd holds a B.E.E.E. degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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