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ECEN 4224 - High Speed Digital Design


Catalog Data ECEN 4224 (3). High Speed Digital Design. Covers fundamentals of high-speed properties of: logic gates, measurement techniques, transmission lines, ground planes and layer stacking, terminations, vias, power systems, connectors, ribbon cables, clock distribution and clock oscillators.
(Meets with ECEN 5224.)
Credits and Design 3 credit hours. Elective course.
Prerequisite(s) ECEN 3400, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
Recommended prerequisite(s) ECEN 3410, Electromagnetic Waves and Transmission
Textbook H. Johnson and M. Grahm, High Speed Digital Design, 1993.
  
Course Objectives
Topics Covered
  1. Fundamentals of high speed digital design
    1. frequency and time
    2. lumped vs. distributed systems
    3. reactance, capacitance, and inductance
  2. High speed properties of logic gates
    1. power
    2. speed
    3. packaging
  3. Measurement techniques
    1. oscilloscope probes
    2. probe ground loops
    3. probe loading
    4. shield currents
    5. data and system clock
    6. operating margins and metastable states
  4. Transmission lines
    1. point to point wiring
    2. uniform transmission line
    3. source and load impedance
    4. line impedance and propagation delay
  5. Ground planes and layer stacking
    1. solid ground planes
    2. slotted ground planes
    3. cross-hatched ground planes
    4. crossstalk
    5. stacking printed circuit board layers
  6. Terminations
    1. end, course, and middle terminations
    2. resistor selection
  7. Vias
    1. mechanical properties
    2. capacitance and inductance
    3. return current
  8. Power systems
    1. stable voltage reference
    2. distributing a uniform voltage
    3. bypass capacitors
  9. Connectors
    1. mutual and series inductance
    2. parasitic capacitance
    3. electromagnetic interference issues
    4. differential signaling
    5. power
  10. Ribbon cables
    1. signal propagation
    2. crosstalk
    3. connectors
    4. electromagnetic interference issues
  11. Clock distribution
    1. timing margins
    2. clock skew
    3. drivers and distribution lines
    4. terminations
    5. crosstalk
    6. differential distribution
    7. duty cycle
    8. decoupling receivers and the bus
  12. Clock oscillators
    1. canned oscillators
    2. jitter

Last revised: 08-02-11, PM, ARP.