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Analog I/Q FIR filter in 55-nm SiGe BiCMOS for 16-QAM optical communications at 112 Gb/s

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

We propose a novel implementation of a complex analog equalization filter for the compensation of frequency-dependent variations in coherent optical links. The analog compensation filter can be used in coherent-lite optical communication links where digital signal processing (DSP) is removed to limit the complexity and power consumption. In these links, the filter can compensate for electrical bandwidth limitations and distortion introduced by chromatic dispersion in the fiber. The complex filter is implemented by combining four distributed analog finite-impulse response (FIR) filters to obtain the necessary response. The filter delays are implemented using active delay cell structures to create a compact solution. The analog filter is implemented in a 55-nm BiCMOS technology and consumes 185-mW core power for five complex filter taps. Performance is evaluated using the S-parameter measurements, noise and linearity measurements, and real-time system experiments using 112-Gb/s 16-QAM-modulated signals.
ISSN: 1558-173X
Issue: 7
Volume: 55
Pages: 1935 - 1945
Publication year:2020