Re: [SI-LIST] : HSPICE W-element and skin effect

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From: Scott McMorrow (scott@vasthorizons.com)
Date: Tue Sep 19 2000 - 08:05:03 PDT


Sunil,

You are correct. For versions 2000.2 and before only one
loss tangent, or conductance value is allowed. This does
cause some error in simulating the 1 - 3 GHz region with
lossy materials like FR4.

About a week ago Dan Oh, a former developer
with Avanti!, reported the following:

"I would like to introduce the new feature of W element which
allows you to model any kinds of frequency-dependent behaviors.
Starting from 2000.4 (beta version is already available now),
W element will support a tabular model to describe rlgc
parameters."

It seems that the capability you would like is available.
However, you will have to develop these tables yourself.

I have not tried this new feature, so cannot comment on
it's accuracy.

regards,

scott

Sunil Kumar wrote:

> Scott,
>
> In HSPICE, I can give only one value of loss tangent. But loss tangent
> varies with frequency. So, how does W-Element take care of that fact?
> Ideally, one should be able to give a graph between frequency and the loss
> tangent, which is not possible in HSPICE.
>
> Regards
>
> Sunil Kumar Ph: 91-80-2204616
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> On Tue, 12 Sep 2000, Scott McMorrow wrote:
>
> > Ron,
> >
> > the w-element also takes into account frequency dependent
> > dielectric loss as well as skin effects.
> >
> > scott
> >
> >
> > --
> > Scott McMorrow
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> > Ron Miller wrote:
> >
> > > Scin effect is not enough.
> > >
> > > Above 1 Ghz, Dielectric losses dominate.
> > >
> > > For a Data rate of 1.25 GBS, 625 Mhz, 3rd harmonic and 5th harmonic must be considered.
> > >
> > > So, you are talking components that cannot be simulated without a frequency domain
> > > simulator that takes into account dielectric losses.
> > >
> > > Ron Miller
> > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: Scott McMorrow
> > > > Sent: Monday, September 11, 2000 4:25 AM
> > > > To: Sunil Kumar
> > > > Cc: SI List (E-mail)
> > > > Subject: Re: [SI-LIST] : HSPICE W-element and skin effect
> > > >
> > > > Sunil,
> > > >
> > > > I believe that the RISETIME option is no longer necessary in 2000.2.
> > > > Skin effect calculations are based upon the frequency content of
> > > > the waveform being propogated.
> > > >
> > > > regards,
> > > >
> > > > scott
> > > >
> > > > Sunil Kumar wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hello everybody.
> > > > >
> > > > > I am simulating a gigabit (1.25Gbps) link in HSPICE 2000.2 by modeling a
> > > > > transmission line with W-element. I am using 18mil coupled
> > > > > (differential) microstrip. According to the manual, the skin effect is
> > > > > calculated by using RISETIME option. I have used different
> > > > > values for RISETIME e.g. 50ps, 100ps, 600ps, but I am not seeing any
> > > > > difference in the eye diagram. Can anybody explain this? Where am I making
> > > > > a mistake? How exactly does HSPICE calculate the skin effect for
> > > > > W-element?
> > > > >
> > > > > In case of U-element, skin resistance is calculated for
> > > > > f=1/(15*risetime), and this value is added to the dc resistance to get the
> > > > > effective resistance. The resulting equivalent resistance depends on one
> > > > > frequency; it does not depend on various frequency components in the
> > > > > edge. I beleive this not is not an accurate model for simulating lossy
> > > > > lines. In the W-element it is not mentioned how it calculates skin effect
> > > > > resistance. Any comments?
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks in advance for any help.
> > > > >
> > > > > Sunil Kumar Ph: 91-80-2204616
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