Appendix B. Calculation of Loss Slope

The loss slope, for the purposes of this discussion, is defined as the slope, using a log-log plot, of attenuation a , in dB, versus frequency f , in Hz.

Equation B.1


Notice that since a , in dB, is already the logarithm of signal amplitude v in Volts, the loss-slope definition is making use of a double-logarithm. The next equation shows the relation between loss slope and signal amplitude.

Equation B.2


As an example, let's determine the loss slope for a signal amplitude v that varies exponentially with some power h of frequency.

Equation B.3


The attenuation a in dB is base-10-logarithmically related to the signal amplitude.

Equation B.4


Substitute [B.3] for v , and simplify using the relation log( e x ) = x /ln(10).

Equation B.5


And the log of attenuation is what we display in the loss-slope graph.

Equation B.6


The loss slope is defined as d (log a )/ d (log f ). Let u = log f , and evaluate the loss slope as d (log a )/ du using [B.6] for the definition of log a .

Equation B.7


Inside the square brackets the right-hand term remains constant and so contributes nothing to the derivative. In the left-hand term the expression log( f ) may be changed to u , producing this:

Equation B.8


In conclusion, given a linear system whose attenuation in dB varies with f h , the loss slope is h .

In the skin-effect limited region the transmission-line attenuation in dB varies with the square root of f, producing a loss slope of 1/2. In the dielectric-loss region the attenuation varies directly with f, producing a loss slope of 1.

In a dispersion-limited transmission system the loss slope indicates the severity of the tradeoff between transmission distance and operating speed.


Transmission Line Parameters

Performance Regions

Frequency-Domain Modeling

Pcb (printed-circuit board) Traces

Differential Signaling

Generic Building-Cabling Standards

100-Ohm Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling

150-Ohm STP-A Cabling

Coaxial Cabling

Fiber-Optic Cabling

Clock Distribution

Time-Domain Simulation Tools and Methods

Points to Remember

Appendix A. Building a Signal Integrity Department

Appendix B. Calculation of Loss Slope

Appendix C. Two-Port Analysis

Appendix D. Accuracy of Pi Model

Appendix E. erf( )


High-Speed Signal Propagation[c] Advanced Black Magic
High-Speed Signal Propagation[c] Advanced Black Magic
ISBN: 013084408X
Year: 2005
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