A key aspect of circuit board design, signal integrity (SI) refers to the measure of the quality of an electrical signal. This unique book provides circuit board designers and technical managers, and project leaders with practical guidance on understanding and interpreting signal integrity performance. Professionals find high-level discussions of important SI concepts presented in a clear and easily accessible format, including question and answer sections and bulleted lists. This valuable resource features rules of thumb and simple equations to help practitioners make estimates of critical signal integrity parameters without using circuit simulators of CAD (computer-aided design). The book is supported with over 120 illustrations, nearly 100 equations, and detailed reference lists at the end of each chapter.
Stephen C. Thierauf is a signal integrity and design engineer in private practice, specializing in circuit and circuit board design, signal integrity consulting, and training. Previously, he was a senior consulting hardware engineer at Infiniswitch/Fabric Networks. Formerly a visiting scholar at Northeastern University, he holds a B.S. in engineering technology from Wentworth College of Technology, Boston, MA.
Preface. Introduction to Signal Integrity. The Signal Integrity Process. Signal Integrity CAD and Models. Printed Test and Evaluation Boards. Printed Circuit Board Construction. Transmission Line Fundamentals. Understanding Microstrip and Stripline Transmission Lines. Signal Loss and The Effects of Circuit Board Physical Factors. Understanding Trace-to-Trace Coupling. Understanding Crosstalk. Understanding Signal Reflections. Termination Strategies. Differential Signaling. Trace and Via Artwork Considerations for Signal Integrity. Identifying Common Signal Integrity Problems. Solving Common Signal Integrity Problems. Calculating Trace and plane Electrical Values.