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High Speed Signal Propagation: Advanced Black Magic [Hardcover]

by Howard Johnson
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March 6, 2003 013084408X 978-0130844088 1
High-Speed Signal Propagation: Advanced Black Magic brings together state-of-the-art techniques for building digital devices that can transmit faster and farther than ever before. Dr. Howard Johnson presents brand-new examples and design guidance, and a complete, unified theory of signal propagation for all metallic media. Coverage includes: understanding signal impairments; managing speed/distance tradeoffs; differential signaling; inter-cabinet connections; clock distribution; simulation, and much more.

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Raves for Dr. Johnson's previous classic, High-Speed Digital Design!

" of the finest efforts to come along in the field of applied high-speed digital design because of its focus on providing tools for the whole design team bringing a high-speed product to life. For all the PCB designers and circuit designers out there, buy it; read it; keep it." -- Dan Baumgartner, Printed Circuit Design

Faster and farther: State-of-the-art signal transmission techniques

In High-Speed Signal Propagation, Howard Johnson and Martin Graham bring together state-of-the-art techniques for building digital interconnections that can transmit faster, farther, and more efficiently than ever before. Packed with new examples and never-before-published high-speed design guidance, this book offers a complete and unified theory of signal propagation for all metallic media, from cables to pcb traces to chips. Coverage includes:

  • Managing tradeoffs between speed and distance
  • Physical theory of signal impairments: skin and proximity effects, dielectric loss, surface roughness, and non-TEM mode propagation
  • Generalized frequency- and step-response models
  • Calculation of time-domain waveforms from frequency-domain transfer functions
  • Differential signaling: Edge-coupled and broadside-coupled differential pairs, bends, intra-pair skew, differential trace geometry impedance, crosstalk, and radiation
  • Inter-cabinet connections: Coax, twisted-pair, fiber, equalizers, and LAN building wiring
  • Clock distribution: Special requirements, repeaters, multi-drop clock distribution, jitter, and power filtering
  • Simulation: Frequency domain simulation methods, Spice, and IBIS

About the Author

DR. HOWARD JOHNSON has accumulated 30years of experience in digital design, consulting withengineers all over the world. He is the featuredSignal Integrity columnist for EDN Magazine andChief Technical Editor of IEEE—02.3 standards for FastEthernet and Gigabit Ethernet. He frequently conductstechnical workshops for digital engineers at OxfordUniversity and other sites worldwide:

DR. MARTIN GRAHAM is Professor Emeritus ofElectrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at theUniversity of California at Berkeley. He specializes inteaching the design of reliable and manufacturableelectronic systems.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (March 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013084408X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130844088
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great subject material, unevenly covered July 21, 2003
I had mixed feelings reading this book. Some sections were so good I was saying, "Bravo, well done" while other sections were so bad, I felt sorry for anyone trying to learn by reading them. (E.g. Ch4 on frequency domain modeling.) The book covers extremely useful material, but in an uneven way. It will especially appeal to readers who want simplified discussions of the ideas rather than deeper more theoretical discussions. For example, crosstalk --one of the most important topics, is covered in a very light manner, recommending use of simulators to obtain accurate results. Compare this with the coverage of the same subject in the remarkable book "Electromagnetic Compatibility" by Clayton Paul. Now, that book is "advanced" and "magical". This book doesn't get into any deep discussions of the fundamentals. It says that current flows in a loop, and inductance is related to loop area. Simple enough. Yet, how do we explain the inductance of the pin of an IC package, which is definitely not a loop? How is the energy-based definition of inductance used by simulators related to this simple definition? Even more fundamental, given that voltage can't be defined in a region where the magnetic field is changing, how come we can use the concept of voltage? (Read Paul Clayton for discussing all these concepts in great detail.)
Many previous articles are included in the book. Although some of them are entertaining (e.g. the pot hole story) most are just disturbances, and even worse, outdated and contradictory to authors later approach. For example, Dr. Johnson spends 3 pages! discussing how close a termination has to be, and drives an equation for the amount of reflection when the ideal termination is slightly away from the source.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book April 7, 2014
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I enjoyed the vast information this book held as well as the easy comprehension and how it engulfs you with information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As speeds go up you need this safety belt February 11, 2014
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Very informative book by someone who is clearly an expert in the field . The transcripts of questions that he has answered over the years are very informative
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Signal Integrity Source November 5, 2013
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Very good content and still relevant even being published so many years ago. I recommend this highly for any EEs working in the Signal Integrity arena.
Note that this is not just a re-hash of the original, but the first chapter does review some of Johnson's first 'Black Magic' book. Both of the 'Black Magic' books are excellent references.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening August 27, 2013
This book collects a pile of phenomenological data showing how to push high speed data down copper media. It is a priceless eye opener to a subject too difficult for theorists.
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