Both are important, but my vote is to keep the traces together. Even a
small bump greatly impairs the radiation, and susceptibility. Variations
in the trace length introduce common mode currents where it counts during
the signal transitions.
At 03:18 PM 8/10/99 -0400, you wrote:
>From: Mario Appiani@ATTO TECHNOLOGY on 08/10/99 03:18 PM
>Subject: differential pair routing
>I have a question about routing differential pairs. Is it more important
>to maintain trace lengths between the pairs (one spec says to keep trace
>lengths within .100") or to maintain the trace spacing throughout the trace
>run? I 've noticed on several boards that in order to maintain trace
>lengths between pairs, many designers have had to add loops or bumps in one
>of the pairs' lines. When I see this, I wonder about how the impedance
>change, due to the increased trace pair separation, has on the signal.
>_____/ \________________ + leg
>___________________________ - leg
>Do I need to worry more about jitter or impedance mismatches? If loops are
>ok, does it matter where they are placed (i.e. in the middle of the run or
>at the end) ?
>Thanks in advance,
>Mario Appiani ext. 130
> Sr. Digital Systems Engineer
> ATTO Technology, Inc.
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