Bit Error Rate Estimation for Improving Jitter Testing of High-Speed Serial Links

Provided by: Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Topic: Hardware
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In this paper the authors describe a Bit Error Rate (BER) estimation technique for high-speed serial links, which utilizes the jitter spectral information extracted from the transmitted data and some key characteristics of the Clock and Data Recovery (CDR) circuit in the receiver. In addition to improving the accuracy of BER prediction, the estimation technique can be used to accelerate the jitter tolerance test by eliminating the conventional BER measurement process. Experimental results comparing the estimated BER and the BERT-measured BER on a 2.5 Gbps commercial CDR circuit demonstrate the high accuracy of the proposed technique.

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