High-Speed Electrical Interface Circuit Design Course

High-Speed Electrical Interface Circuit Design Course
September, 08, 2013 - September, 10, 2013
Auditorium 280 Electrical Eng. Building Technion City
3-Day Intensive Course

 September 8-10, 2013

This course focuses on the design of the signaling, timing, and peripheral circuitry used in modern high-speed electrical interfaces.  The system-level requirements placed on these links by their operating environment will be reviewed and used to highlight the implications on link architecture, performance, and power consumption.  Detailed design aspects of high-speed transmitters, receivers, equalizers (transmit, receive, linear, decision-feedback) as well as timing generation and recovery circuits (phase interpolators, PLLs, DLLs) will be covered.

Prof. Elad Alon

UC Berkeley


Bio: Elad Alon received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 2001, 2002, and 2006, respectively.

In Jan. 2007, he joined the University of California, Berkeley, where he is now an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences as well as a Co-Director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC).  He has held consulting or visiting positions at Cadence, Xilxin, Oracle, Intel, AMD, Rambus, Hewlett Packard, and IBM Research, where he worked on digital, analog, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for computing, test and measurement, and high-speed communications.   His research focuses on energy-efficient integrated systems, including the circuit, device, communications, and optimization techniques used to design them.

Dr. Alon received the IBM Faculty Award in 2008, the 2009 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award as well as the 2010 UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, and has co-authored papers that received the 2010 ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper, the 2011 Symposium on VLSI Circuits Best Student Paper Award, and the 2012 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference Best Student Paper Award.




Sept. 8th


09:00 – 10:30 Introduction and Link Environments

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 13:00 Basic Transmitters and Receivers

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Timing Basics

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00 Equalization Techniques


Sept. 9th


09:00 – 10:30 Link Performance Analysis

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 13:00 Equalizer Design I

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Equalizer Design II

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00 Equalizer Adaptation


Sept. 10th


09:00 – 10:30 PLL/DLL Design I

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 13:00 PLL/DLL Design II

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 CDR Design

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00 Phase Interpolators


The lectures will be given in English


Prerequisite: The attendees should have at least basic knowledge of both analog and digital integrated circuit design.


The course is free of charge to ACRC member Companies, Intel, Marvell, Mellanox and CSR.
Non-ACRC members  will be charged 1500 Shekels+VAT.

The course is free of charge to EE students (undergraduate and graduate)

Host: Prof. Avinoam Kolodny