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Timing recovery with SAW transversal filters in the regenerators of undersea long-haul fiber transmission systems

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3 Author(s)
Rosenberg, Robert L. ; AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, USA ; Chamzas, C. ; Fishman, D.A.

Surface-acoustic-wave (SAW) filters have been generally accepted as the best available choice for timing recovery in repeatered transoceanic fiber transmission systems operating in the range of 300 Mbit/s as well as in other digital transmission systems operating from approximately 0.1 to 1 or 2 Gbit/s. The SAW technology is ready and reliable, filter size is consistent with the severe space limitations of undersea repeater housings, and cost is reasonable, especially for the transversal (tapped-delay-line) filter type. This paper updates the relationship between system performance and the characteristics of transversal SAW filters, which have a finite impulse response and non-minimum-phase behavior. New results relate to passband ripple (typical in these filters), thermal characteristics, and the impact of the delay-line structure on filter "ringing" time.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 6 )