Geoff Zhang received his Ph.D. in 1997 in microwave engineering and signal processing from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He joined Xilinx Inc. in June, 2013. Geoff is currently a Distinguished Engineer and Supervisor of Transceiver Architecture and Modeling Team, under SerDes Technology Group. Prior to joining Xilinx Geoff has employment experiences with HiSilicon, Huawei Technologies, LSI, Agere Systems, Lucent Technologies, and Texas Instruments. His current interest is in transceiver architecture modeling and system level end-to-end simulation, both electrical and optical.
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.