Re: [SI-LIST] : How to treat the ASIC package pin-assigns

Gerald Johnson (jjohnson@minn.teradyne.com)
Mon, 19 Jul 1999 14:23:04 -0500

This leads to a very interesting question. What is the
CMRR (Common Mode Rejection Ratio) of differential receivers
in modern ICs at very high frequencies?=20

This assumes, of course, that there is really
a true differential receiver used, not just a pair of=20
complementary single ended inputs.=20

With the difficulty of keeping the true and false side of=20
a differential signal balanced *very* precisely from the
source through interconnect, packages, die connections, and
even across the die, it can be really difficult to not=20
introduce a few tens of picoseconds of phase offset. What
does that do to the CMRR versus frequency? Probably still
pretty good at low frequency, but how about the frequencies
of the harmonics of the fast edges? Will use of differential
signals produce any real advantages at those frequencies?

Jerry Johnson
VLSI Test Division
Teradyne

> Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 11:04:03 -0700
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> As others have said, your best bet is a differential clock. If you =
can't
> get a differential clock source, at least use a differential receiver=20
with
> an external reference voltage so that your noise sources couple into =
them
> both more or less equally.
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