From: Jim Freeman (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Dec 01 1999 - 15:50:56 PST
In the case of a single signal travelling down a transmission line, the
other plane/conductor has an induced value that travels in the opposite
In the case of differential signalling, there are two signals
explicitly driven by drivers that force equal and opposite values to be
driven down the differential pair with a differential ground that is
exactly the average of the two signals.
These are distinct cases because of the driving scheme.
> Since TEM and TM modes are mentioned on the same page as Differential
> signalling, I would like to request some clarity when Differential
> signalling is discussed.
> Well, you can have Differential signalling when two separate signals are
> received by a differential amplifier or comparator even though the two
> signals may travel via two separate single ended microstrip transmission
> Isn't it also Differential signalling when you have a single signal
> traveling down a balanced transmission line? IE, twin lead, co-planar
> structures. Hmmmm. Different effects, Different problems, Different
> solutions. Lots of different stuff...
> Aubrey Sparkman
> Signal Integrity
> (512) 723-3592
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Freeman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 1999 2:08 PM
> To: si-list
> Subject: [SI-LIST] : topics for discussion
> Hi All,
> Adrian talked about basic topics for discussion. Here are a few
> 1. TEM and TM modes in transmission lines or for EMC. What are the
> assumptions that drive one or the other?
> 2. Differential signalling - broadside coupling or edge coupling,
> differential mode ground and common mode ground, EMC implications for
> different types of coupling.
> 3. Methods for describing more accurately the behavior of transmission
> lines and return paths under changing frequency conditions.
> Incorporation of dielectric losses in the simulation and/or
> calculations. Incorporation of the harmonics of the digital signal with
> corresponding changes in impedance to better emulate dispersion of the
> digital signal that gives rise to jitter/skew.
> These are just a few of the more esoteric concepts that I would like to
> see discussed.
> Jim Freeman
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