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Data eye monitor method and apparatus

United States Patent

January 31, 2012
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An apparatus and method for providing a data eye monitor. The data eye monitor apparatus utilizes an inverter/latch string circuit and a set of latches to save the data eye for providing an infinite persistent data eye. In operation, incoming read data signals are adjusted in the first stage individually and latched to provide the read data to the requesting unit. The data is also simultaneously fed into a balanced XOR tree to combine the transitions of all incoming read data signals into a single signal. This signal is passed along a delay chain and tapped at constant intervals. The tap points are fed into latches, capturing the transitions at a delay element interval resolution. Using XORs, differences between adjacent taps and therefore transitions are detected. The eye is defined by segments that show no transitions over a series of samples. The eye size and position can be used to readjust the delay of incoming signals and/or to control environment parameters like voltage, clock speed and temperature.
Gara; Alan G. (Mount Kisco, NY), Marcella; James A. (Rochester, MN), Ohmacht; Martin (Yorktown Heights, NY)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
11/ 768,810
June 26, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OF DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of Contract. No. B554331 awarded by the Department of Energy.