A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

High-Speed Digital Design
A Handbook of Black Magic

Howard W. Johnson
Martin Graham

1993 by PTR Prentice-Hall, Inc.
ISBN 0-13-395724-1


  1. Fundamentals
    Frequency and Time; Time and Distance; Lumped Versus Distributed Systems; A Note abut 3 dB and RMS Frequencies; Four Kinds of Reactance; Ordinatry Capacitance; Ordinary Inductance; A Better Method for Estimating Decay Time; Mutual Capacitance; Mutual Inductance.
  2. High-Speed Properties of Logic Gates
    Historical Development of a Very Old Digital Technology; Power; Speed; Packaging
  3. Measurement Techniques
    Rise Time and Bandwidth of Oscilloscope Probes; Self-inductance of a Probe Ground Loop; Spurious Signal Pickup from Probe Ground Loops; How Probes Load Down a Circuit; Special Probing Fixtures; Avoiding Pickup from Probe Shield Currents; Viewing a Serial Data Transmission System; Slowing Down the System Clock; Observing Crosstalk; Measuring Operating Margins; Observing Metastable States.
  4. Transmission Lines
    Shortcomings of Ordinary Point-to-Point Wiring; Infinute Uniform Transmission Line; Effects of Source and Load Impedance; Special Transmission Line Cases; Line Impedance and Propagation Delay
  5. Ground Planes and Layer Stacking
    High-Speed Current Follows the Path of Least Inductance; Crosstalk in Sold Ground Planes; Crosstalk in Slotted Ground Planes; Crosstalk in Cross-Hatched Ground Planes; Crosstalk with Power and Ground Fingers; Guard Traces; Near-End and Far-End Crosstalk; How to Stack Printed Circuit Board Layers.
  6. Terminations
    End Terminators; Source Terminators; Middle Terminators; AC Biasing for End Terminators; Resistor Selection; Crosstalk in Terminators.
  7. Vias
    Mechanical Properties of Vias; Capacitance of Vias; Inductance of Vias; Return Current and Its Relation to Vias
  8. Power Systems
    Providing a Stable Voltage Reference; Distributing Uniform Voltage; Everyday Distribution Problems; Choosing a Bypass Capacitor
  9. Connectors
    Mutual Inductance - How Connectors Create Crosstalk; Series Inductance - How Connectors Create EMI; Parasitic Capacitance - Using Connectors on a Multidrop Bus; Measuring Coupling in a Connector; Continuity of Ground Underneath a Connector; Fixing EMI Problems with External Connections; Special Connectors for High-Speed Applications; Differential Signaling Through a Connector; Power Handling Features of Connectors
  10. Ribbon Cables
    Ribbon Cable Signal Propagation; Ribbon Cable Crosstalk; Ribbon Cable Connectors; Ribbon Cable EMI
  11. Clock Distribution
    Timing Margin; Close Skew; Using Low-Impedance Drivers; Using Low-Impedance Clock Distribution Lines; Source Termination of Multiple Clock Lines; Controlling Crosstalk on Clock Lines; Delay Adjustments; Differential Distribution; Clock Signal Duty Cycle; Canceling Parasitic Capacitance of a Clock Repeater; Decoupling Clock Receivers from the Clock Bus
  12. Clock Oscillators
    Using Canned Clock Oscillators; Clock Jitter

Collected References
A. Points to Remember
B. Calculation of Rise Time
C. MathCad Formulas

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