SNLS685 December 2020 DS160PR412
The DS160PR412 is a linear redriver that can be used to extend channel reach of a PCIe link. Normally, PCIe-compliant TX and RX are equipt with signal-conditioning functions and can handle channel losses of up to 28 dB at 8 GHz. In real implementation the channel reach is often lower. With the DS160PR412 in the link, the total channel loss between a PCIe root complex and an end-point can be extended up to 42 dB at 8 GHz.
Figure 8-3 shows an electric link that models a single channel of a PCIe link and eye diagrams measured at different locations along the link. The source that models a PCIe Transmitter sends a 16 Gbps PRBS-15 signal with P7 presets. After a transmission channel with –30 dB at 8 GHz insertion loss, the eye diagram is fully closed. The DS160PR412 with its CTLE set to the maximum (17 dB boost) together with the source TX equalization compensates for the losses of the pre-channel (TL1) and opens the eye at the output of the device.
The post-channel (TL2) losses mandate the use of PCIe RX equalization functions such as CTLE and DFE that are normally available in a PCIe-compliant receiver.