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Title:Analog and mixed-signal circuitry for system-assisted high-speed I/O links
Author(s):Faust, Adam
Director of Research:Rosenbaum, Elyse
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Rosenbaum, Elyse
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Feng, Milton; Shanbhag, Naresh R.; Schutt-Ainé, José E.
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Electrostatic discharge (ESD)
Abstract:The state-of-the-art design methodology for high-speed I/O links is to specify component-level design requirements to achieve high-fidelity component-level performance. While designing each component in the link with high fidelity guarantees a reliable link, it does not inherently optimize the link for metrics such as the power, design complexity, or bit error rate performance. Recently, due to the increased demand for data bandwidth in backplane I/O, a system-assisted design methodology has been developed to optimize the system for a given set of metrics. By optimizing on the system level rather than the component level, the performance at the component level can be reduced from high quality to sufficient when the component is deployed within the I/O link. The new system-level design methodology encourages the utilization of novel circuit architectures. In this dissertation, novel analog and mixed-signal circuitry for system-assisted high-speed I/O links is presented. The novel circuitry expands upon traditional analog and mixed-signal circuit architectures in order to achieve system-level design goals and requirements without significant power or area overhead.
Issue Date:2013-02-03
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Adam Faust
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03
Date Deposited:2012-12

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