Kevin Zheng received B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2012. He received Master of Engineering degree in EECS from MIT through VI-A industry program with Analog Devices Inc. in 2013. In 2013, Kevin received the J Francis Reintjes Excellence in VI-A Industrial Practice Award and David Adler Memorial EE M.Eng Thesis Award. Currently Kevin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Murmann Mixed Signal group at Stanford University. His research interests include high speed mixed signal circuit design and system level analysis methodology, specifically for ADC-based high speed SerDes.
Data converter based SerDes designs are gaining popularity due to their architecture flexibility as well as the capability to implement FFE through powerful DSP. This paper provides a theoretical analysis, realistic simulations and practical comparisons between TX side FFE and RX side FFE.