High speed digital system design: a handbook of interconnect theory and design practices

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A cutting-edge guide to the theory and practice of high-speed digital system design

An understanding of high-speed interconnect phenomena is essential for digital designers who must deal with the challenges posed by the ever-increasing operating speeds of today's microprocessors. This book provides a much-needed, practical guide to the state of the art of modern digital system design, combining easily accessible explanations with immensely useful problem-solving strategies. Written by three leading Intel engineers, High-Speed Digital System Design clarifies difficult and often neglected topics involving the effects of high frequencies on digital buses and presents a variety of proven techniques and application examples. Extensive appendices, formulas, modeling techniques as well as hundreds of figures are also provided.
Coverage includes:
* A thorough introduction to the digital aspects of basic transmission line theory
* Crosstalk and nonideal transmission line effects on signal quality and timings
* The impact of packages, vias, and connectors on signal integrity
* The effects of nonideal return current paths, high frequency power delivery, and simultaneous switching noise
* Explanations of how driving circuit characteristics affect the quality of the digital signal
* Digital timing analysis at the system level that incorporates high-speed signaling effects into timing budgets
* Methodologies for designing high-speed buses and handling the very large number of variables that affect interconnect performance
* Radiated emission problems and how to minimize system noise
* The practical aspects of making measurements in high-speed digital systems

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Ideal Transmission Line Fundamentals
Nonideal Interconnect Issues
Connectors Packages and Vias
Nonideal Return Paths Simultaneous Switching Noise
Buffer Modeling
Digital Timing Analysis
Design Methodologies
Radiated Emissions Compliance and System Noise
HighSpeed Measurement Techniques
Altemative Characteristic Impedance Formulas
FrequencyDomain Components in a Digital Signal
Definition of the Decibel

About the author (2000)

STEPHEN H. HALL is a Senior Design Engineer at Intel Corporation, Portland, Oregon.

GARRETT W. HALL is a Silicon Systems Engineer at Intel Corporation.

JAMES A. McCALL is a Senior Design Engineer at Intel Corporation.