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Recently, there has been renewed interest in the use of infinite impulse response (IIR) linear equalizers (LEs) for digital communication channels as a means for both improving performance and blindly initializing decision feedback structures (DFEs). Theoretical justification for such an approach is usually given assuming unconstrained filters, which are not causal and therefore not implementable in practice. We present an analysis of realizable (i.e., causal, stable, and of finite degree) minimum mean square error (MMSE) equalizers for single-input multiple-output channels, both in the LE and DFE cases, focusing on their structures and filter orders, as well as the connections between them. The DFE resulting from rearranging the MMSE LE within a decision feedback loop is given special attention. It is shown that although this DFE does not in general coincide with the MMSE DFE, it still enjoys certain optimality conditions. The main tools employed are the Wiener theory of minimum variance estimation and Kalman filtering theory, which show interesting properties of the MMSE equalizers not revealed by previous polynomial approaches.