This course will discuss the principles of signal integrity and its applications in the proper design of high-speed digital circuits. As interconnect data rates increase, phenomena that have historically been negligible begin to dominate performance, requiring techniques that were not previously necessary. This course is designed to give the students the theoretical and simulation tools needed to determine where signal integrity issues may arise, how to prevent such problems, and how to resolve problems when they arise in practice. A partial list of topics includes distributed circuits and lossless transmission lines, nonideal transmission line effects, crosstalk mitigation, differential pairs and modal analysis, I/O circuits and logic standards, and signal coding and waveshaping techniques. Prerequisite(s): Thorough knowledge of digital design and circuit theory. Prior coursework in electromagnetics and Laplace transforms will be helpful.
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