A Novel Robust Signaling Scheme for High-Speed Low-Power Communication over Long Wires

Marshnil Dave,  Maryam Shojaei Baghini,  Dinesh Sharma


This paper describes a new capacitively coupled transmitter and a receiver with analog equalizer for high-speed low-power communication over long on-chip wires. The proposed signaling scheme has been designed in 90nm CMOS process. Simulations indicate that the proposed scheme can transmit and receive data at the rate of 3.45Gbps over a 10mm long channel while consuming only 0.107pJ/bit. This is the lowest reported energy/bit for high-speed on-chip communication over long on-chip wires. Monte Carlo and process corner simulations show that the proposed scheme allows up to 3Gbps of data rate even in the presence of intra-die and inter-die process variations.