High Speed Digital System Design: A Handbook of Interconnect Theory and Design Practices

  • 5h 19m
  • Garrett W. Hall, James A. McCall, Stephen H. Hall
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2000

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 nonidea 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.

About the Authors

Stephen H. Hall is a Senior Design Engnineer at Intel Corporation, Portland, Oregon.

Garrett W. Hall is a Silicon Systems Engineer at Intel Corporation.

James A. McCall is a Senior Designer Engineer at Intel Corporation.

In this Book

  • The Importance of Interconnect Design
  • Ideal Transmission Line Fundamentals
  • Crosstalk
  • Nonideal Interconnect Issues
  • Connectors, Packages, and Vias
  • Nonideal Return Paths, Simultaneous Switching Noise, and Power Delivery
  • Buffer Modeling
  • Digital Timing Analysis
  • Design Methodologies
  • Radiated Emissions Compliance and System Noise Minimization
  • High-Speed Measurement Techniques


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