Inter-Signal Timing Skew Compensation Of Source-Synchronized Parallel Links With Incremental Signaling
thesisposted on 24.05.2021, 07:45 by An Hu
This thesis deals with inter-signal timing skew compensation of source-synchronized multi-Gbytes/s parallel links with both voltage-mode and current-mode incremental signaling schemes. To compensate for the inter-signal timing skew of parallel links with voltage-mode incremental signaling, an early/late block that detects the rising and falling edges of the pulses generated by inter-signal timing skews at the far end of the channels, and subsequently allocates the optimal sampling point of the sampler of each data bit to maximize the timing margins. Two cascaded delay-locked loops are employed to place the sampling clock to the optimal sampling position of each data bit. To compensate for the inter-signal timing skew of parallel links with current-mode incremental signaling, each current-mode receiver maps the direction of its channel current representing the logic state of the incoming data to two voltages of different values. The feedback at the front-end of the receiver minimizes the dependence of the input imedance of the receiver on the channel current so that data dependent impedance mismatch is minimized. Inter-signal timing skews are compensated by inserting a delay line in each channel.