A 12Gb/s non-contact interface with coupled transmission lines

Tsutomu Takeya, Lan Nan, Shinya Nakano, Noriyuki Miura, Hiroki Ishikuro, Tadahiro Kuroda

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    The expanding capacity of today's memory cards and increasing speed of processors have created demands for high data rate interfaces between memory cards and processors. Compared to conventional contact pins, wireless interfaces have received tremendous interest for reasons of more convenience, higher reliability, and higher data rate. Two major types of near-field wireless communication techniques using capacitive coupling and inductive coupling channels have been investigated. Tens of Gb/s/ch is achieved using both methods with a communication distance of tens of microns in TCI (thru-chip-interface) applications [1-2]. However, when the communication distance denters the mm range in such applications as non-contact memory cards, the sizes of capacitors or inductors must be up scaled to detect enough electrical flux or magnetic flux, whose magnitude decay as 1/dn (n>1). As a result, the self-resonance frequency fSR is reduced significantly, which becomes the dominant limiting factor for the achievable data rate, since the maximum data rate is usually chosen as 1/2 or 1/3 of fSR in order to avoid signal peaking [3]. Although multi-channel solutions are viable to increase the total data rate, complex systems are required to address the skew issues in synchronization, and low area efficiency is resulted to reduce crosstalk interferences as shown in Fig. 28.3.1.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference - Digest of Technical Papers, ISSCC 2011
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 12
    Event2011 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2011 - San Francisco, CA, United States
    Duration: 2011 Feb 202011 Feb 24

    Publication series

    NameDigest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
    ISSN (Print)0193-6530


    Other2011 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2011
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco, CA

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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