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I/O impedance controller

United States Patent

March 9, 2004
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There is disclosed apparatus and apparatus for impedance control to provide for controlling the impedance of a communication circuit using an all-digital impedance control circuit wherein one or more control bits are used to tune the output impedance. In one example embodiment, the impedance control circuit is fabricated using circuit components found in a standard macro library of a computer aided design system. According to another example embodiment, there is provided a control for an output driver on an integrated circuit ("IC") device to provide for forming a resistor divider network with the output driver and a resistor off the IC device so that the divider network produces an output voltage, comparing the output voltage of the divider network with a reference voltage, and adjusting the output impedance of the output driver to attempt to match the output voltage of the divider network and the reference voltage. Also disclosed is over-sampling the divider network voltage, storing the results of the over sampling, repeating the over-sampling and storing, averaging the results of multiple over sampling operations, controlling the impedance with a plurality of bits forming a word, and updating the value of the word by only one least significant bit at a time.
Ruesch; Rodney (Eau Claire, WI), Jenkins; Philip N. (Eau Claire, WI), Ma; Nan (Chippewa Falls, WI)
Silicon Graphic, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
09/ 619,724
July 20, 2000
STATEMENT OF RIGHTS IN INVENTION The United States Government has rights to use this invention pursuant to subcontract B338314 issued by the University of California, which operates Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the United States Department of Energy under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48.