October 2010

  • Channel modeling: modeling communication channel imperfections to study its effect on signal-to-noise reduction
  • Pre-emphasis techniques to compensate the effect of channel imperfections. Pre-emphasis can be implemented using analog or digital techniques. The main benefits and drawbacks of each approach have been studied.
  • Encoder (TX side) and decoder (RX side): different approaches and techniques
  • General study on the existing sorting methods and related topologies

November 2010

  • Channel modeling: using field equation solver to model the channel behavior for chip-to-chip communication.
  • Decoder structure: using efficient analog to digital conversion methods for implementing low-energy decoders
  • Implementation: developing different techniques for implementing energy efficient decoders

December 2010

  • Transmitter: desinging transmitters compatible with the channel properties and coding scheme.
  • Implementation: implementing physical transmitter to measure the real energy dissipation.
  • Optimization: optimizing the design of transmitter for improving the energy dissipation by a factor of four.

Januray 2011

  • Physical desing: design of a test integrated circuit to study the performance of encoder and decoder in a real situation.
  • Study the effect of imperfections: studying the effect of imperfections (including channel and also integrated circuit) on general performance of system.

February 2011

  • Data rate limitations: analyzing different approaches for increasing the data rate of data communication on physical PCB (printed circuit boards).
  • Designing test PCB for very high data rates.