Janine Love, SIJ Editor and Technical Program Director for EDI CON
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Janine Sullivan Love

Janine Love is the editor of Signal Integrity Journal, working closely with the editorial staff and Advisory Board to bring technical, high-value content to readers in digital, video, and print formats. In addition, she serves as the technical program director for EDI CON and a contributing editor to Microwave Journal.

Top 10 Articles for 2018

December 18, 2018

As rated by reader views, here are the Top 10 Articles on Signal Integrity Journal for 2018. Thank you for your readership in 2018, and we look forward to bringing you many more great technical features in 2019!


Top Article 1

Split Planes and What Happens When Microstrip Signals Cross Them

By Bert Simonovich

This paper notes in detailed examples that with today’s high-speed designs, we can no longer restrict our thinking in terms of signal integrity, power integrity or EMC alone. We must consider all three disciplines and become educated about each of them to achieve successful designs.


Top Article 2

Capacitor Coupling for Minimum Impedance

By Anto Davis and Steve Sandler

This article illustrates how a negative coupling coefficient produces a larger anti-resonant peak compared to a positive coupling coefficient, even though the equivalent inductance is lower. Learn more.


Top Article 3

Via Characterization and Modeling By Z Input Impedance

By HeeSoo LEE, Nathan Hirsch, and Orlando Bell

Design engineers have traditionally used time domain reflectometry (TDR) as a tool to characterize and optimize via designs, yet the TDR approach comes with shortcomings such as demanding shorter rise-time step signal or larger bandwidth S-parameters, and inaccurate read-out on the via impedance. In this article, we propose a simple and effective Z-input impedance method that augments the traditional TDR method for characterizing and optimizing via designs in much faster speed systems.


Top Article 4

RFI and Receiver Sensitivity Analysis in Mobile Electronic Devices

By Antonio Ciccomancini Scogna, Hwanwoo Shim, Jiheon Yu, Chang-Yong Oh, Seyoon Cheon, and NamSeok Oh

Receiver sensitivity and noise coupling to antenna are two major concerns when developing mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. There are various causes of degradation of receiver sensitivity. However, most of the time they are due to the noise generated by digital signal harmonics on printed circuit board (PCB) patterns, which couple to the antennas. This article presents a methodology to predict noise to antenna coupling and antenna desense.


Top Article 4

Target Impedance Limitations and Rogue Wave Assessments on PDN Performance

By Steve Sandler

A common design technique for power distribution networks (PDN) is the determination of the peak distribution bus impedance that will assure that the voltage excursions on the power rail will be maintained within allowable limits, generally referred to as the target impedance. In theory, the allowable target impedance is determined by dividing the tolerable voltage excursion by the maximum change in load current. Discover more. 


Top Article 5

Interfacing FPGA with High-speed Data Converter Using Parallel and Serial Interface

By Marc Stackler, Andrew Glascott-Jones, Romain Pilard, and Nicolas Chantier

The current trend for many applications requiring data converters is to get closer and closer to a full SDR (Software Defined Radio) system. While SDR architecture brings many benefits in terms of flexibility and SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power and Cost) it often translates into higher bandwidth capability and is directly linked to the data converter sampling speed with the Shannon-Nyquist theorem.


Top Article 6

Influence of Noise Processes on Jitter and Phase Noise Measurements

By Gary Giust

This article examines the key noise processes involved in measurements of jitter and phase noise, shows how these processes impact test results for various types of test equipment, and provides insight for interpreting these results.


Top Article 7

Characterizing and Selecting the VRM

By Steve Sandler

VRMs and VRM controllers are often selected based on size, efficiency, price, or a relationship with the manufacturer. This often leads to a poor VRM selection, requiring additional engineering resources, greater time to market, as well as, higher BOM costs to correct the deficiencies. In this article, we evaluate the choices, define some useful figures of merit, and provide specific selection suggestions.


Top Article 8

Overview and Comparison of Power Converter Stability Metrics

By Joseph 'Abe' Hartman, Alejandro ‘Alex’ Miranda, Kavitha Narayandass, Alexander Nosovitski, and Istvan Novak

Power conversion circuits with control loop(s) are everywhere in electronic systems. We must establish stability and performance metrics for control loops and their circuits. However, generally accepted metrics may not be good enough. Is a crossover frequency with 45 degrees of phase margin and 10 dB of gain margin enough? How can we relate phase margin to peaking in the impedance profile and transient noise requirements? This article aims to answer these and other questions.


Top Article 10

Validating IBIS Models with Measurements

By Thomas Rutkowski, Huy Nguyen, and Eric Bogatin

We use IBIS models of drivers all the time in routine simulation. In this project, we compare the predicted results of the IBIS model supplied by the vendor, the results from a generic model, and measured results from a randomly selected part. The agreement to measurements is not within the 10% expected metric but is still remarkably close. We introduce a simple methodology to bring measured data from a scope into the HyperLynx simulation environment.


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