BER-optimal analog-to-digital converters for communication links

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose BER-optimal analog-to-digital converters (ADC) where quantization levels and thresholds are set non-uniformly to minimize the bit-error rate (BER). This is in contrast to present-day ADCs which act as transparent waveform preservers. Simulations for various communication channels show that the BER-optimal ADC achieves shaping gains that range from 2.5dB for channels with low intersymbol interference (ISI) to more than 30dB for channels with high ISI. Moreover, a 3-bit BER-optimal ADC achieves the same or even lower BER than a 4-bit uniform ADC. For flash converters, this corresponds a power reduction by 2x. Look-up table based equalizers compatible with BER-optimal ADCs are shown to reduce the power up to 47% and the area up to 66% in a 45nm CMOS process. The shaping gain due to BER-optimal ADCs can be exploited to lower peak transmit swings at the transmitter or decrease power consumption of the ADC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISCAS 2010 - 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
Subtitle of host publicationNano-Bio Circuit Fabrics and Systems
Pages1029-1032
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems: Nano-Bio Circuit Fabrics and Systems, ISCAS 2010 - Paris, France
Duration: May 30 2010Jun 2 2010

Publication series

NameISCAS 2010 - 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems: Nano-Bio Circuit Fabrics and Systems

Other

Other2010 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems: Nano-Bio Circuit Fabrics and Systems, ISCAS 2010
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period5/30/106/2/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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