Seminar Series: Vasu Parthasarathy



Date: 2018-12-03
Time: 5:00pm - 6:20pm
Location: Atkinson Hall - Calit2 Auditorium, UC San Diego

Guest Speaker: Vasu Parthasarathy
Technical Director, Broadcom

*Registration is Required.


Qualcomm Institute and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department present the first seminar series on communication theory and systems. Speakers will cover topics in diverse areas, including wireless, optical, location, storage and networking. The goal of this series is to promote the development and use of theory informed by the most recent advancements in the field. Industry speakers, prominent in theory and practice, will share their research and insights each week. This series is unique in that each speaker is expected to spend the day at UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute and should be available for meetings and discussions with interested faculty, graduate students, and startups.

SerDes Copper and Optical High-Speed Interconnect Standards and Technology for Short and Long Haul Communications
Rapid growth in Internet speeds and data center needs have placed a premium on SerDes (Serializer/Deserializer) speeds. At the same time, Serdes technology in highly integrated Switch ASIC’s have placed a premium on low power consumption. Furthermore, optical modules whose power consumption and form factor are predefined have required the use of novel signal processing schemes with equalization techniques split between analog and digital circuits. This presentation examines the various analog and digital signal processing schemes used in current high speed Serdes, the evolution of standards, the corresponding technical challenges as well as numerous opportunities for further research.


Vasu Parthasarathy is a Distinguished Engineer at Broadcom Corporation. His interests are in the general area of signal processing and he has been working on Serdes and optical PHY’s for almost 20 years at Broadcom. Aside from technical design, he is a major contributor to IEEE 802.3 copper, backplane and optical Serdes standards and was instrumental in the transition of IEEE Serdes standards to efficient multi-level signalling. He has a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electrical Engineering.