Linear and Nonlinear Macromodels for System-Level Signal Integrity and EMC Assessment

Flavio CANAVERO  Stefano GRIVET-TALOCIA  Ivan A. MAIO  Igor S. STIEVANO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E88-B   No.8   pp.3121-3126
Publication Date: 2005/08/01
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DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e88-b.8.3121
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section of 2004 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility)
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Keyword: 
signal integrity,  electromagnetic compatibility,  macromodeling,  digital integrated circuits,  transmission lines,  3D interconnects,  passivity,  

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Summary: 
This paper presents a systematic methodology for the system-level assessment of signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility effects in high-speed communication and information systems. The proposed modeling strategy is illustrated via a case study consisting of a critical coupled net of a complex system. Three main methodologies are employed for the construction of accurate and efficient macromodels for each of the sub-structures typically found along the signal propagation paths, i.e. drivers/receivers, transmission-line interconnects, and interconnects with a complex 3D geometry such as vias and connectors. The resulting macromodels are cast in a common form, enabling the use of either SPICE-like circuit solvers or VHDL-AMS equation-based solvers for system-level EMC predictions.