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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for High Speed Design Engineers, 29 April 1998
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This review is from: High Speed Digital Design (Prentice Hall Modern Semiconductor Design) (Hardcover)
I was first introduced to this book when I signed up for a class at University of California, Santa Cruz - Extension. The class was titled "High Speed PCB & System Design". There were people with varied levels of experience (beginner to veteran) in the class. Almost everyone thought that the topics that were covered in this book (which was the prescribed text book for the class) were just what was needed to fill the void in the learning process to become a successful design engineer.
Lot of the material covered in this book has been handed down by word of mouth for many years. This book covers many important aspects of board design - transmission lines, grounding, cross talk, reflections, termination & vias. In the high speed world if proper design principles are not applied, signals can behave in an unusual manner. Signal integrity is of utmost importance. None of these are dealt with such a practical approach in school, and hence this subject matter came to be known as "black magic" among practicing engineers.
This book covers analog & digital design principles in depth, and gives you real world examples. At the end of every section, the authors summarize the key points that were learnt from that discussion. It is a very useful feature. You can just refer to these if you have to find out what kind of termination your signal needs or how long you can run a clock line without signal interference. In addition to these essential topics, this book also covers other useful topics such as clock distribution, cables & connectors.
It is needless to say that this book in the right instructor's hands would be an explosive combination.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book and designer's checklist, 28 Feb. 2002
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This review is from: High Speed Digital Design (Prentice Hall Modern Semiconductor Design) (Hardcover)
This book is simply excellent. I never really got to grips with analogue design or electromagnetic theory, but an understanding of these is becoming critical in high-speed digital design. This book was a God-send to me. It explains everything you need to know, in simple terms (including the equations when appropriate) and includes checklists and solutions for a designer to refer against. Termination, effects of vias, routing, power and ground planes, measurement techniques, noise pickup, e-m radiation etc. etc. are all covered.
If you are in any way involved in design, layout or analysis of digital designs which operate at 20+ MHz, then this book will become your standard reference. Having got it, I don't know how I survived without it.
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