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Analysis and Verification of DDR3/DDR4 Interfaces


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11/13/18 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

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Title:  Analysis and Verification of DDR3/DDR4 Interfaces

Date:  November 13, 2018

Time:  8am PT/ 11am ET

Presented By:  Hermann Ruckerbauert, owner of EKH - EyeKnowHow 

Sponsored by:  Mentor, a Siemens Business


DDR3/4 DRAM Memory is one of the last remaining parallel interfaces in current industry standards. It is expected to stay parallel (as the "dinosaur" of interface definitions) for the next generation of memory. Design and especially verification and debugging of the interface is a difficult task due to several specialties of DDR signaling, which we will cover in this webinar:

  • Point to multipoint signaling on the command address bus requires verification of the signal quality at each DRAM
  • Bidirectional source synchronous signaling on the DataBus requires verification of READ and WRITE
  • Burst type (and bidirectional) signaling makes it difficult to generate data eyes
  • Point to multipoint signaling (due to multiple ranks per channel on the database) requires to verification of signal integrity e. g. for Reads/Writes from/to all Ranks separately
  • The DRAM spec is a device spec, not really a "Memory Interfaces Spec" and therefore only partly usable for system verification
  • The spec definition "at the DRAM ball" makes every system verification difficult
  • Complex training mechanisms at each power up will impact SI verification measurements
  • DIMM based implementation will have different requirements vs. solder down solutions... and several more topics

This short webinar cannot give a detailed solution to all of the issues above, but should make engineers sensitive where to take a close look during design and verification of a DDR DRAM memory interface.

Presenter Bio:

Hermann Ruckerbauer, Owner of 'EKH - EyeKnowHow' has over twenty years of experience in high speed measurement and simulation especially on DRAM related interfaces. EyeKnowHow is serving the industry with consulting, simulation, measurements and training for all kind of high speed serial interfaces. Hermann Ruckerbauer is Keysight “certified engineer” due to his experience in working with Keysights ADS simulation environment. After receiving his Bachelor Degree in Micro System Technology from the University of Applied Science in Regensburg he was doing design analysis and application testing for several memory generations at Siemens/Infineon. His latest activity before founding his own company was the definition of the DDR4 signaling standard within JEDEC for Qimonda. With the background of DRAM internal functionally, system application requirements and high speed signaling he is supporting any kind of high speed interface implementations (e. g. for 10G Ethernet, PCIe, SATA, USB, ..) with focus on memory standards. Holding many patents he was award in 2005 from Infineon in the category 'Outstanding Single Patent' for the patent on the “Temperature dependent Self Refresh” in DDR Memory devices.

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