From: Michael Nudelman (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 19:27:48 PST
If they are talking of series termination, than:
I favour parallel termination for very-hi-speed lines for the reason that for the
series (source) one you have to know exactly what your driver's output impedance is:
the resistor should be the difference between it and the trace's impedance.
Otherwise you are up for overshoots or vice versa - lost amplitude.
Which in addition is complicated by the fact that the output impedance of, say,
emitter follower changes dynamically.
Now, some people advocate double termination - source and end. You will have nice
clean signal, but will loose amplitude; it is used for receivers with low working
For a PECL clock, especially point-to-point (is it? what frequency?) I never saw
source termination, though I cannot claim I saw everything.
I use what I described earlier, very typical "cut'n'paste" circuit, that allows
connection to any ECL receiver.
Resistor 330 Ohm to GND (current sink), that a cap, and than diffmode termination
(100 Ohm for 100 Ohm diffpair between 50-Ohm traces), since I don't have common mode
SInce you use two PECLs and if you can use DC connection (can you?) this is the
recommended termination (Dr. Johnson advocates this one too):
Assume diff. imp. 100Ohm.
Straight connection driver-to-receiver. In the end: each line is terminated by 50Ohm
resistor; ends of the resistors come together to one capacitor (for clock, since it
is balanced signal, it can be large; otherwise - choose one you like for AC
termination for your kind'a signal); the capacitor is then grounded. Also, in
parallel to that capacitor, the resistor equal 330 Ohm minus 50 Ohm (is it 280? I
need a calculator for this) is connected, thus providing needed DC-bias.
Tae-Kwang Jeon wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> >> #3 In the case of #2, the resistors are supposed to be grounded, then what
> >> if I make them in series?
> >In series with what? WIth the praces of the diffpair?
> >The resistors are there to provide bias. Make them in series with the pair -
> >you divide your signal between your resistor and the trx-line. The series
> >termination does just that, but then, if you need AC-coupling, wher's your
> >YOu will open can of worms, when everything is simple - connect 330 Ohm to GND,
> >run your traces, put the caps in series (where you like; some people have
> >different preferences - beginning, end) and terminate - either for diff. mode
> >(diff. impedance resistor between traces in the end) of for common mode (one
> >trace impedance resistor to GND from each trace in the end).
> Yes, I agree with you on the DC-biasing resistor.
> The reason for asking #3 is that I read an article the other day from Web -
> I don't remember what the site was right now - saying resistor connection in
> series with the cap could improve the PECL termination. So I was wondering
> if it really works because I'm working on PECL-to-PECL interface for my
> TaeKwang Jeon, LSI Logic Corp.
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