JAJSBK7H January 2012 – February 2018 DS125DF410
The CTLE in the DS125DF410 is a fully adaptive equalizer with optional limiting stage. The CTLE adapts according to a Figure of Merit (FOM) calculation during the lock acquisition process.
Once the CDR has locked and the CTLE has been adapted, the CTLE boost level will be frozen until a manual re-adapt command is issued or until the CDR re-enters the lock acquisition state. The CTLE is typically readapted by resetting the CDR.
The CTLE consists of 4 stages, with each stage having 2-bit boost control. This allows for 256 different stage-boost combinations. The CTLE adaption algorithm allows the CTLE to adapt through 32 of these stage-boost combinations. These 32 stage-boost combinations comprise the EQ Table in the channel registers; see channel registers 0x40 through 0x5F. This EQ Table can be reprogrammed to support up to 32 of the 256 stage-boost settings.
CTLE boost levels are determined by summing the boosts levels of the 4 stages. Different stage-boost combinations that sum to the same number will have approximately the same boost level, but will result in a different shape for the EQ transfer function (boost curve).
The fourth stage in the CTLE can be programmed through the SMBus interface to become a limiting stage rather than a linear stage. This is useful in some applications, but it should not be typically used in combination with the DFE.