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A 1.2-V-only 900-mW 10 gb ethernet transceiver and XAUI interface with robust VCO tuning technique

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Hyung-Rok Lee ; Inter-University Semicond. Res. Center, Seoul Nat. Univ., South Korea ; Moon-Sang Hwang ; Bong-Joon Lee ; Young-Deok Kim
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This paper describes the design and the implementation of a fully integrated 10 Gb Ethernet transceiver in a 0.13-μm CMOS process using only a 1.2 V supply. A coarse control algorithm that combines a voltage range monitoring circuit with a frequency lock detector provides a robust operation against process, voltage, and temperature (PVT) variations for a VCO with a ring oscillator. With the use of a blind oversampling DPLL architecture, four channels of XAUI transceivers can share a single PLL, eliminating the clock synchronization problem between channels. Also, the total number of clock domains for the entire chip is reduced to three, making the integration of the XAUI with the 10G transceiver much simpler. The test chip consumes 898 mW from a 1.2 V supply.

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Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 11 )