The Australian Microelectronics Centre, in conjunction with In-Circuit Design, is presenting a series of free lunch and learn seminars on the fundamentals of High Speed PCB Design in Brisbane, this year. The next HSD seminar will be on the 15th Nov 2006 and will focus on differential signalling techniques.
Many of today’s integrated circuits transfer large amounts of data from one device to another in a serial format at high data rates. This is a paradigm shift from the earlier high-speed parallel data transfer techniques such as PCI and PCI-X, to source synchronous busses, to serial connectivity that encodes the clock signal with the data signal.
The serial format, combined with new differential signalling techniques, requires less real estate, lowers signal amplitudes, increases speed, and provides immunity to external noise. Among many other benefits, this leads to the reduction in size and power requirements for the end product.
Previously, single ended transmission line topography had been the standard for high-speed data transfer. However, there are many benefits to using differential topologies for transmitting high-speed serial data. The bottom line: Differential signalling translates into shorter design cycle times and helps reduce overall design costs.
The seminar focuses on:
* Single-ended signalling limitations
* Differential signalling overview
* Differential signalling limitations
* Differential coupling, Zdiff, and differential termination
* Software simulation
Location and Date:
Wednesday November 15th, 12noon - 2pm
Australian Microelectronics Centre
Brisbane Technology Park