RE: [SI-LIST] : Diff clocks length matching

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From: Mary ([email protected])
Date: Fri Apr 13 2001 - 15:18:33 PDT

This is an interesting mathematical exercise, but it's not a valid
for controlling the lengths of PCB traces to within 2 mils. As pointed out
by Scott and others, the package parasitics and impedance imbalance
will swamp a 0.3 psec delay skew.

  -----Original Message-----
  From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of Dagostino, Tom
  Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2001 1:24 PM
  To: 'Scott McMorrow'; [email protected]
  Cc: Sainath Nimmagadda; Signal Integrity
  Subject: RE: [SI-LIST] : Diff clocks length matching

  There are very common applications where much tighter timing than you
would expect is required.
   For example digitizing video signals presents some interesting timing
constraints. Let's assume
  there are the R, G and B signals getting to 3 10 Bit ADCs at the same
time. Each of these
  converters will run at 20 MS/sec. Let's assume the worst case, a 10 MHz
sine wave input of 1 Volt
  amplitude. We want to digitize all the components at the same time. In
this case the same time
  will be defined as there will be no more than 1/2 bit in amplitude
difference between the three
  signals due to time differences in sampling.

  The math is straight forward.

  signal = 1sin2Pi10^7
  the slew rate is the derivative


  evaluated at the max slope

  2Pi10^7 V per sec

  The amount of time it takes for this slew rate to travel 1/2 LSB of the
ADC is


  or about 15.9 psec

  Do the same exercise at 100 MHz input signal and you would get 1.59 psec.
That would be the
  total budget for timing errors. Of that, how much do you want the board
to contribute?

  Tom Dagostino
  IBIS and Tau Modeling Manager
  Mentor Graphics Corp.
  [email protected]

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