First Advisor

Y.C. Jeng

Date of Publication

Summer 8-10-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering




Data transmission systems -- Design, Telecommunication -- Design



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 72 pages)


This thesis deals with the analysis of a Wired High Speed Serial Data Link (PAM2) which is commonly used throughout the data-communications and tele-communications industry. The goal of this study is to build a scalable simulation tool using Matlab that ultimately uses Receiver Bit Error Ratio (BER) as the metric for data link health. This study is also designed to aid in link specification development.

The Matlab and theoretical development is broken up into three sections being Transmitter (TX), Channel (Hs) and Receiver (RX). Realistic noise impairments can be added to each section along the signal path creating signal stresses commonly seen in data center applications. The TX function is designed to create random and periodic timing jitter, voltage noise and deterministic pre-distortion filtering effects. For the channel response s-parameters are used as the model result for many commonly seen channel loss and reflection scenarios. The RX model uses signal to noise ratio and vertical eye margin to determine the equalized link BER.

The study results show many tradeoffs between noises, RX Equalizer, RX gain and RX BER. The simulation results also reveal that there is no closed form solution for converging the modern closed-eye PAM2 detector.


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