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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.