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The Wonders of Technology
May 4-7, 2008
Sunday Morning, May 4
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Prof. Tony Chan Carusone -
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
High-performance chip-to-chip signaling is a challenging requirement of many modern
VLSI systems and with ITRS predictions of 160-Gb/s serial I/O and 40-Gb/s parallel I/O links by
2016 it is likely to remain so. There has recently been a proliferation of signaling standards such
as PCI Express, XAUI, RapidIO, Interlaken, and others making it difficult for practicing
engineers and researchers to keep up. This tutorial presents the fundamentals of chip-to-chip
signaling enabling attendees to understand and meet the requirements of these technologies. The
most pressing research challenges in chip-to-chip signaling are also covered, so that by the end
of the session attendees are up to speed with the state-of-the-art.
First, the requirements and specifications of chip-to-chip links are introduced. Particular
attention is paid to signal integrity. Modeling and simulation methodologies that include the
effects of trace losses, link discontinuities, clock jitter, and noise are presented enabling
attendees to accurately estimate bit error rates over complex links. We will then proceed to
circuit architectures for transmitters and receivers. The presenter is an active researcher in highspeed equalization and clock recovery, so these will be areas of focus.
Any engineers working with multi-Gb/s digital signals will benefit by gaining an
understanding of signal specifications, signal integrity, and clocking architectures. Chip-to-chip
signaling researchers will gain insights into advanced modeling techniques and high-speed
equalization and timing recovery architectures.
Anthony Chan Carusone received the Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2002. In 2001 he joined the faculty at the University
of Toronto where he is currently an Associate Professor. In 2002, Dr. Chan Carusone was
named an Ontario Distinguished Researcher and Canada Research Chair in Integrated Systems.
He co-authored the best paper at the 2005 Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuits
Symposium and the best student paper at the 2007 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference. He is
a past chair of the Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee for the IEEE Circuits and
Systems Society, a member of the technical program committee for the Custom Integrated
Circuits Conference, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and
Systems II: Express Briefs. He is also an occasional consultant to industry in the area of highspeed
transceiver integrated circuits.
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