Re: [SI-LIST] : Physcially-small far-end LVDS terminations?

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From: Lee Ritchey (leeritchey@earthlink.net)
Date: Thu Dec 23 1999 - 09:22:42 PST


See my last reply.

Jim Freeman wrote:

> I strongly disagree. The differential impedance for the line is definitely needed. Otherwise, there will be reflections at the terminator/transmission line interface for the differential mode of the signal. The common mode will not be affected because the approach you suggest will handle the common mode. For a reflection free system, BOTH 50 ohm transmission lines and 100 ohm differential impedance for the transmission line is required along with a 100 ohm tremination across the differential pair.
>
> Jim Freeman
>
> Lee Ritchey wrote:
>
> > Jon,
> >
> > That's exactly why the 100 ohm resistor is needed. It's not a differential impedance matching device, it is intended to be two 50 ohm resistors terminating two 50 ohm lines to Vref. When this is done, the net current flowing in the Vref pin is zero, so the connection is omitted.
> >
> > 100 ohm differential impedance is not needed. Make each line a good 50 ohm line.
> >
> > Lee
> >
> > Jon Powell wrote:
> >
> > > Though I could easily be wrong, I don't believe that the below is true. My understanding of LVDS is that it requires ~100 ohm termination across the differential receiver in order to generate the required signal voltage.
> > >
> > > regards,
> > > jon
> > >
> > > Jim Freeman wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi Eric,
> > > > Another answer would be to ensure that the differential impedance of the board between the differential pairs is 100 ohms. Then you wouldn't need the resistors. I have performed Hspice sims on this and it works fine if the stackup/trace spacing is correct.
> > > >
> > > > Jim Freeman
> > > >
> > > > Eric Goodill wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hi,
> > > > >
> > > > > I want to use the typical LVDS termination where you have two 50-ohm resistors in series placed between the two lines of the LVDS diff. pair and also have a cap at the junction of the resistors to ground. I have a jillion LVDS pairs to terminate at a high-pin-count ASIC, and I'm looking to squeeze more terminations per square inch. (There's no hope of putting the terminations inside the ASIC at this point.) I'm hoping some company makes a single three-pin part the has those two resistors and a cap even if not specifically for termination use.
> > > > >
> > > > > How about any other ideas for even higher density?
> > > > >
> > > > > Regards, Eric
> > > > > --
> > > > > Eric Goodill
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> > > > >
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