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This paper presents an adaptive cable equalizer employing a time-domain approach called the phase detection technique in 0.13μm CMOS technology. The equalizer can compensate a 24-inch microstrip on an FR4 PCB, which has an 18dB channel loss at 5GHz. Meanwhile it also avoids offset-sensitive rectifiers which normally exist in conventional equalizers. The proposed adaptive cable equalizer consumes 39mW excluding the output buffer from a 1.5-V supply voltage and the measured BER is less than 10-13.