Simple Cases Involving Transmission Lines

Figure C.3 summarizes three classic forms of transmission matrices used to define the overall system gain of a typical transmission-line configuration. In the figure Z C represents the characteristic impedance and H the one-way transfer function of a transmission line.

Figure C.3. These three forms of transmission matrix are often used to describe digital transmission circuits.


The derivations of the top two forms in Figure C.3 are self-evident from the definition of the transmission matrix (Figure C.1). The third form corresponding to a transmission line is developed in the following way.

The general form of solution for the signals on a transmission line is composed of two traveling waves, one propagating to the right and one moving to the left (see Section 2.2.5, Figure 2.6). Suppose that at the right-hand end of the line the signal amplitudes of the two waves are denoted a and b . The currents associated with these two waveforms at that point must then be + a/Z C (a current moving to the right) and - b / Z C (representing a current moving to the left). At the right-hand end of the line, the superposition of these waves must generate the voltage and current extant at that end.

Equation C.4


The preceding conditions may be inverted to determine the amplitudes a and b .

Equation C.5


At the left end of the line the same conditions prevail, except that the amplitudes of the right- and left-traveling waveforms must be adjusted to account for their propagation through the transmission medium. The amplitude of the left-going waveform is diminished by H , the one-way transfer function of the transmission line, while the amplitude of the right-traveling waveform must be increased by H “1 , so that after traveling to the right end of the line, it will appear at the correct amplitude a . Summing the voltages and currents at the left end of the line produces a relationship between a , b and v 1 , i 1 .

Equation C.6


Now substitute for a and b the relations to v 2 and i 2 .

Equation C.7


Collecting together the terms associated with v 2 and i 2 respectively reveals the form of the transmission matrix.

Equation C.8



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( )


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High-Speed Signal Propagation[c] Advanced Black Magic
High-Speed Signal Propagation[c] Advanced Black Magic
ISBN: 013084408X
Year: 2005
Pages: 163 © 2008-2017.
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