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A 500-Mb/s quadruple data rate SDRAM interface using a skew cancellation technique

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11 Author(s)
Sung-Ho Wang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. & Technol., Taejon, South Korea ; Jeongpyo Kim ; Joonsuk Lee ; Hyoung Sik Nam
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A quadruple data rate (QDR) synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) interface processing data at 500 Mb/s/pin with a 125-MHz external clock signal is presented. Since the QDR interface has a narrower data timing window, a precise skew control on data signals is required. A salient skew cancellation technique with a shared skew estimator is proposed. The skew cancellation circuit not only reduces the data signal skews on a printed circuit board down to 250 ps, but also aligns the data signals with an external clock signal. The entire interface, fabricated in a 0.35-μm CMOS technology, includes a high-speed data pattern generator and consumes 570 mW of power at 3.0-V supply. The active die area of the chip with the on-chip data pattern generator is 2.4 mm2

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IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 4 )