A 5.2 Gb/s Receiver for Next-Generation 8K Displays in 180 nm CMOS Process

Tianyu Wang, Da Wei, Ranick Ng, Gaurav Malhotra, Anup P. Jose, Amir Amirkhany, Pavan Kumar Hanumolu

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This article presents a high-speed receiver for next-generation 8K ultra-high-definition TVs. The receiver supports error-free communication between the timing controller and the display driver integrated circuits (DDIs) across various channels. Because the receiver must be co-integrated with pixel drivers in the DDI, it must be implemented in a process with high-voltage devices, which poses significant challenges in achieving beyond 5-Gb/s operation. We propose techniques for overcoming such process-induced speed limitations. They include a level-shifting passive continuous-time linear equalizer (CTLE), an active CTLE with extended bandwidth using a negative capacitor, a speculative decision feedback equalizer with a down-sampled edge-sampling path, and a low-dropout regulator with parallel error amplifiers to achieve all-band power supply rejection. A reference-less clock and data recovery circuit with a new frequency detector is also described. Fabricated in a 180-nm CMOS process, the prototype receiver operates at 5.2 Gb/s and can compensate up to 29-dB channel loss while consuming 120 mA from a 1.8-V supply.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2521-2531
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2022


  • Bandwidth
  • Capacitance
  • Capacitors
  • Clock and data recovery (CDR)
  • Clocks
  • Decision feedback equalizers
  • Receivers
  • TV
  • decision feedback equalizer (DFE)
  • display drivers
  • low-dropout (LDO) regulator
  • passive continuous-time linear equalizer (CTLE)
  • serial links
  • wide-panel displays.
  • wide-panel displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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