Re: [SI-LIST] : Signal Integrity of 500 MHz on PCB

Mike Jenkins ([email protected])
Thu, 06 Nov 1997 12:27:07 -0800

On the question of propagating a 500 MHz clock across an FR4 board,
Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet designs ship sub-nanosecond
pulses across boards routinely. The fastest continuous frequency
in such a data stream is, in fact, slightly over 500 MHz. What
makes this work is 1) differential signals, 2) point-to-point
signal paths only, and 3) doubly terminated nets. If your
application can afford these constraints, I believe propagating
a 500 MHz clock is feasible.

Hope that helps.

Mike Jenkins

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