I'm also hearing that the microwave guys are using thick film printed resistors,
as part of the etch, for termination elements - even on internal signal layers.
Anybody out there willing to share experiences?
Philip Gantt <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 07/14/99 12:42:09 PM
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Subject: Re: [SI-LIST] : Some Semiconductors are Unnecessarily Fast
Has anyone considered that if a more resistive material (other than copper) were
used for PCB laminates, the inherent resistance of the conductors would slow the
edge rates and also reduce EMI? This might eliminate the need for
external resistors as well. Just a thought...
Jon Keeble wrote:
> I've seen one or two interesting approaches to controlling edge speeds.
> The first was a method of controlling the edge speed:
> The Analog Devices 21020 DSP chip has an external resistor for setting
> edge speeds (all outputs). I've no idea how this works internally.
> The other method reduced the production spread of edge speeds:
> It seems that the parts that run faster also have faster edges.
> The method involved
> - an onboard oscillator that ran at a speed determined by the speed of
> the device
> - internal control on the output drivers to vary the edge speed
> - a circuit that translated the oscillator speed to more or less drive
> on the outputs
> As a designer, it is obvious tpo me that there is a real need for
> control over edge speeds.
> I find it really exhausting to have to add hundreds of external
> resistors, not to mention the additional costs, numbers of parts,
> numbers of nodes to test etc etc.
> I'd encourage the IC designers to be a bit more inventive.
> Jon Keeble.
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