A 0.6-2.7-Gb/s phase-rotator-based four-channel digital clock and data recovery (CDR) IC featuring a low-power dispersion-tolerant referenceless frequency acquisition technique is presented. A quasi-periodic reference clock signal extracted directly from a dispersed input signal is distributed to digitally controlled phase rotators in the CDR ICs for phase acquisition. A multiphase frequency acquisition scheme is employed for the reduction of the clock jitter. The measurement results show that the proposed design offers a lower frequency offset and clock noise floor under channel dispersion, as compared with conventional designs. The proposed four-channel digital CDR IC is fabricated in a 90-nm CMOS process. The figure of merit for a single channel is 8 mW/Gb/s such as a feedforward equalizer, a decision-feedback equalizer, and a referenceless CDR.