Abstract—This paper describes the capabilities of deep-submicron CMOS technologies for the realization of highly integrated optical communication transceivers in the range of tens of gigabits per second. Following an overview of a CMOS process, the design of traditional and modern transceivers is presented and speed and integration issues are discussed. Next, the problem of equalization is addressed. Finally, the design of critical building blocks such as broadband amplifiers and high-speed oscillators is described and a method of estimating the jitter is introduced. Index Terms—Broad-band circuits, clock recovery, CMOS transceivers, inductive peaking, jitter, optical communication, oscillators. I
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