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Smart optical receiver with automatic decision threshold setting and retiming phase alignment

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4 Author(s)
Kawai, M. ; Fujitsu Labs. Ltd., Kawasaki, Japan ; Watanabe, H. ; Ohtsuka, T. ; Yamaguchi, K.

The requirements for a smart optical receiver are discussed, and a design architecture suitable for introducing ICs based on automatic decision threshold setting and retiming phase alignment using digital/analog signal processing feedback is proposed. With the proposed architecture, the decision threshold level and the retiming clock phase of received data in the decision circuit are automatically adjusted to the optimum position. This obviates the need for decision threshold level and retiming clock phase adjustments in production testing, and it reduces the power penalty (receiver sensitivity degradation) on the received optical waveform variation. The power penalty caused by temperature and supply-voltage variations and aging in installation is also reduced. The performance of the proposed architecture is estimated; the power penalty as compared with the manual optimum adjustment is less than 0.4 dB, and the robustness to avalanche photodiode multiplication factor variations and crosstalk are improved

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 11 )