In telecommunication, an eye pattern, also known as an eye diagram, is an oscilloscope display in which a digital signal from a receiver is repetitively sampled and applied to the vertical input, while the data rate is used to trigger the horizontal sweep. It is so called because, for several types of coding, the pattern looks like a series of eyes between a pair of rails. It is a tool for the evaluation of the combined effects of channel noise and intersymbol interference on the performance of a baseband pulse-transmission system. It is the synchronised superposition of all possible realisations of the signal of interest viewed within a particular signaling interval.
Several system performance measures can be derived by analyzing the display. If the signals are too long, too short, poorly synchronized with the system clock, too high, too low, too noisy, or too slow to change, or have too much undershoot or overshoot, this can be observed from the eye diagram. An open eye pattern corresponds to minimal signal distortion. Distortion of the signal waveform due to intersymbol interference and noise appears as closure of the eye pattern.
There are many measurements that can be obtained from an eye diagram:
- Eye amplitude
- Eye crossing amplitude
- Eye crossing percentage
- Eye height
- Eye level
- Eye signal-to-noise ratio
- Quality factor
- Vertical eye opening
- Deterministic jitter
- Eye crossing time
- Eye delay
- Eye fall time
- Eye rise time
- Eye width
- Horizontal eye opening
- Peak-to-peak jitter
- Random jitter
- RMS jitter
- CRC jitter
- Total jitter
|Eye-diagram feature||What it measures|
|Eye opening (height, peak to peak)||Additive noise in the signal|
|Eye overshoot/undershoot||Peak distortion due to interruptions in the signal path|
|Eye width||Timing synchronization & jitter effects|
|Eye closure||Intersymbol interference, additive noise|
- Christopher M. Miller "High-Speed Digital Transmitter Characterization Using Eye Diagram Analysis". 1266 Hewlett-Packard Journal 45(1994) Aug., No,4, pp. 29-37.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the General Services Administration document "Federal Standard 1037C" (in support of MIL-STD-188).
- John G Proakis, Digital Communications 3rd ed, 2001
- "Matlab's help file description of how to use the Eye Diagram Functions in the Communications Toolbox".
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- Ruckerbauer, Hermann. "An Eye is Born". Gives an example video of construction of an eye pattern
- Understanding Data Eye Diagram Methodology for Analyzing High Speed Digital Signals