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Eye pattern

In telecommunication, an eye pattern is an oscilloscope display in which a pseudorandom digital data[?] 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, when the signal is in NRZ code, the pattern looks like a series of eyes between a pair of rails.

Note: System performance information can be derived by analyzing the display. 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.

Source: from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188

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