Patent Number: 7,786,750

Title: Methods and apparatus for compensating for skew in a differential signal using non-complementary inverters

Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for compensating for skew in a differential signal using non-complementary inverters. A skew attenuator is provided for a differential signal having a P rail and an N rail. The skew attenuator comprises one or more non-complementary inverters for compensating for skew between the P rail and the N rail. The non-complementary inverters attenuate a time difference of arrival of transitions for the P rail and the N rail. An exemplary skew attenuator includes a first non-complementary inverter associated with each of the P rail and the N rail. The P rail and the N rail signals are each applied to a gate of one of the first non-complementary inverters, and drains of the first non-complementary inverters provide differential output signals OUTP and OUTN. The exemplary skew attenuator also includes an additional non-complementary inverter associated with each of the first non-complementary inverters.

Inventors: Logan; Shawn M (Andover, MA)

Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.

International Classification: H03K 17/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018