30Gb/s 60.2mW 151GHz CMOS Transmitter/Receiver with Digitally Pre-Distorted Current Mode PAM-4 Modulator for Plastic waveguide and Contactless Communications

Yanghyo Kim, Boyu Hu, Yuan Du, Rulin Huang, Richard Al-Hadi, Adrian Tang, Huan Neng Chen, Chewnpu Jou, Tatsuo Itoh, Mau-Chung Chang

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Abstract

151 GHz CMOS transmitter and receiver are presented for ultra-short distance (~1 mm) contactless connection and plastic waveguide communications. To continue to scale the communication bandwidth, the 4-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM-4) is utilized by implementing a current-mode PAM-4 modulator in the transmitter. The transmitter and receiver suffer non-linear characteristics and create amplitude distortions on PAM-4 signaling. A digital pre-distortion circuit is integrated in the PAM-4 modulator to correct such system non-idealities. 151 GHz antennas are realized on FR4HR substrate and used as air-to-air/chip-to-waveguide couplers. On top of contactless connection and plastic ribbon waveguide, plastic-embedded PCB channels are introduced by exploiting copper-coated slots on PCB and plastic ribbons to communicate through PCB substrates. The transmitter and receiver are fabricated in 28-nm CMOS process. The demonstrated system consumes 60.2 mW under 1.2 V supply while transferring 30 Gb/s of PAM-4 data, achieving 2.01 pJ/bit energy efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages673-676
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728113098
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019
Event2019 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2019 - Boston, United States
Duration: 2 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest
Volume2019-June
ISSN (Print)0149-645X

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2019
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period2/06/197/06/19

Keywords

  • 151 GHz transmitter/receiver
  • contactless communication
  • digital pre-distortion
  • PAM-4 modulation
  • plastic waveguide
  • plastic-embedded PCB

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