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4 Jan, 2013

Patrick Carrier

In the past I have blogged about crossing splits in reference planes.  This is probably the most glaringly obvious of reference plane changes, and will of course result in radiation from the signal.  But another type of reference plane change which is more common, and usually much less avoidable, is when a signal transitions layers through a via.  In such a case, the reference planes will change and

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DDRx, SERDES

5 Mar, 2012
PCB Design

Know your limits

Posted by Patrick Carrier

Patrick Carrier

“A man’s got to know his limitations” … true, and so does a digital bus.  Clint Eastwood’s quote to conclude the movie Magnum Force in 1973 also applies to digital busses.  Of course, back then, signal edge rates were slow enough that most people didn’t have to care too much about signal integrity.  And now, in sharp contrast, we’ve progressed to the point where

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SERDES, DDRx, BER

3 Nov, 2011
PCB Design

Stupid vias... {grumble grumble}

Posted by Patrick Carrier

Patrick Carrier

Yeah, I can totally see Homer Simpson designing his SERDES bus and getting frustrated by all the additional insertion loss caused by his vias, and muttering to himself, “Stupid vias…” and grumbling.  And then going into the lab, looking at his failing eye diagram, and shouting “D’oh!”.  Okay, well Homer Simpson probably won’t be designing any SERDES busses anytime

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DDRx, PCI Express

4 Aug, 2011

Patrick Carrier

Whether you are trying to correlate simulated waveforms to measured waveforms for a DDR3 signal, or board timing numbers for a simple SDRAM bus, or measured Z-parameters when looking at a PDN impedance, or even just a simple trace impedance measurement on the TDR, it all begins with the proper stackup.  I explore some of the commonly overlooked nuances of stackup modeling in my recent article in InCompliance

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DDRx

23 Nov, 2009
PCB Design

HyperLynx DDRx Wizard Resources

Posted by Steve McKinney

Steve McKinney

Last week I held a web seminar on the HyperLynx DDRx wizard. This was an overview on DDR3 technology and also included a demonstration of the HyperLynx DDRx wizard. Hopefully you had a chance to view it but if not, you can view the recording here: http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/multimedia/ddrx-design-webinar This week, my friends in customer support have put together a comprehensive

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DDRx

19 Nov, 2009
PCB Design

A Late Night in Copenhagen

Posted by Steve McKinney

Steve McKinney

Over the last week and a half, I’ve been doing some business travel throughout Europe.  My friends and family always say “I want your job” but if they actually went on one of these trips, they would probably say “I’m glad I don’t have your job!”.  Most of the time, they entail late nights, early mornings,  days full of visits with customers, and a few long plane rides sprinkled in.   You do occasionally

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