Re: PAM-5, what are your BERs ?
According to the ITU standards on FEC, BCH-3 requires 0.9% overhead
and turns a 10^-7 BER into 10^-17 BER, as Sean described. A much more
powerful (255,239) Reed-Solomon code requires 6.8% overhead,
and turns a 10^-5 BER into 10^-24 BER (one error every 3 million years).
Further, the Reed-Solomon code can tolerate 1024 bursty bit errors in
a row! The FEC capability and coding gain is well over the rate
overhead penalty. The implementation complexity is also modest
(about 100K gates, 700mW in 2.5V CMOS). The concerns are usually the
latency, the rate conversion and learning curve. IMHO, the real
question for the committee is whether we can do without FEC
in a cost effective way for distance objectives we are interested in.
Mark Yu phone: 732-949-2185
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> Hi Sean,
> unfortuantely, FEC has additional drawbacks beyond just latency. the
> primary concern here would be that you need to ratchet-up the signaling
> rate even faster to include the overhead of sending the FEC bits.
> Depending on the amount of redundancy in the FEC information,
> you may need to increase the signalling rate as much as 5-to-10%.
> Ed Grivna
> Cypress Semiconductor