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How to minimize characteristic impedance mismatches caused by vias?

This question springs from an answer here. When using stripline configurations for rf signalling, the conductors are routed on an inner layer of the pcb, sandwiched between two ground planes. I ...
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Which of these Stripline Impedance Calculations is correct?

Different sources are giving me drastically different characteristic impedance values, and am hoping someone will verify them for me. Generally, with microstrip, I start with an online calculator to ...
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Can differential USB traces be routed relative to Power (not Ground) planes?

I would like to route my USB 2.0 (12MHz) signal on the bottom layer of a 4-layer PCB. However, the edge-coupled microstrips would then be referenced to the power plane, not the ground plane. The ...
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Characteristic impedance of a transmission line

characteristic impedance of a transmission line depends on frequency of transmission as can be seen by its expression. What will be the characteristic impedance of TL if my signal has two frequency ...
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Routing trace characterstic impedance determination based on interface

I have seen specifying routing impedance of interfaces from manufacturers like for USB Differential impedance of 90 ohms DDR2 Single ended impedance 50-60 Ohms, Differential impedance - 100-120 ...
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Output impedance refers to open circuit o/p impedance or short circuit o/p impedance?

When we specify output impedance of a two port network, does it imply open circuit output impedance or short circuit output impedance? Wikipedia: output impedance ; Wikipedia: two-port network g22 ...
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Controlled Impedance Microstrip Frequency

Are you supposed to calculate the characteristic impedance for the frequency you are using or at 1GHz? I see pretty much everything calculated at 1GHz in all examples and papers. For example - for ...
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Calculating differential PCB traces - Edge-Coupled Microstrip

I finally have the microstrip characteristic impedance thing figured out. But now, of course, I need to learn about differential signalling on PCB traces. I've spent some time researching. Here is ...
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Impedance of an Edge-Coupled Coplanar Waveguide With Ground

How can I compute the differential impedance of an Edge-Coupled Coplanar Waveguide With Ground? I couldn't find any free calculator online, so I wrote a small program which computes the the ...
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What types of signals should be considered to have a 50 Ω trace impedance?

Generally speaking, what time of signals should be designed to have a 50 Ω trace impedance ? Some datasheets I've read have specifically mentioned 50 Ω but others have not. Is it good practice to ...
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RF Circuit (what does capacitor do?)

I'm trying to work out why a 0.7pF capacitor was chosen. The circuit operates at 12GHz. At 12GHz, the capacitor has an impedance of about \$18\Omega\$. Also at 12GHz, ...
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RF Ground (Reflections?)

I'm trying to understand how someone can ground an RF signal (especially relating to microstrip lines). I think I'm missing something... Since the impedance of ground is supposed to be \$0\Omega\$, ...
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Consensus on microstrip trace impedance calculations?

I'm designing a PCB that has a 2.4GHz signal that I'm routing to an SMA jack. I'm trying to figure out the geometry of the necessary microstrip trace. This is the first rf PCB I've worked on. The ...
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Stripline impedace ..?

i have a doubt in stripline impedance calculation. general strip line calculations are taking strip line as having 2 planes on top and bottom . in our case stackup is such that, on bottom side plane ...
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Terminating shielded/screened twisted pair correctly

Theoretically, I can't see a problem if the twisted pair has an end of cable termination that is: - A single resistor (R) that matches the characteristic impedance of the cable placed across the two ...
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How can I guarantee 50 ohm impedance on PCB trace?

I have a question. Imagine that I need to have a 50 ohms impedance in a PCB trace. For simple cases it's just applying the formula found all over the internet or use one of the online calculators ...
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A transmission line with continuously varying impedance, how would reflection occur in this case?

Alright folks here it is, another transmission line question that has been bothering me. I understand the case where there is an abrupt change in impedance along a transmission line that leads to ...
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Derivation of Characteristic Impedance?

I start from the telegrapher's equation: \$-\frac{dV(z)}{dz}=(R'+j\omega L')I(z)\$, where \$V(z)\$ and \$I(z)\$ are the phasors of voltage and current respectively, in the transmission line model. ...
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Reflecting impedance in a transformer

Please can anyone tell me what exactly is meant by reflecting of impedance in a transformer? I do not know much about transformers, but I want to know about its uses and phenomena behind it. I will ...
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Problem related to the compliance voltage

I have a question that I am using a stimulator to generate biphasic current source for stimulation. At the output of the stimulator, a 1K resistor is in series with 0.1uF capacitor. The I use two ...
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terminated cable capacitance

As much as I know, the input impedance of a coaxial cable with a characteristic impedance of 50 \$\Omega\$ which is terminated with a 50 \$\Omega\$ load resistor, should be 50 \$\Omega\$ as well. This ...
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Formula for finding the magnitude of the impedance of a ratio z = (x+jw)/(a+jb) [closed]

How do I calculate the magnitude of the impedance of the following ratio, \$z\$? $$z=\frac{x+jw}{a+jb}$$
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How can PCB trace have 50 ohm impedance regardless of length and signal frequency?

Hmm, this seems to be just another question on line impedances. I understand that when we say "transmission line" effects we talk about things like cross talk, reflections and ringing (I guess that ...
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Why Characteristic Impedance must be 50 ohms?

Where does this number come from? For single ended it must be 50 ohm and for differential pairs 100 ohm. Why? For PCB with controlled-impedance these are that common numbers. Outside of the PCB you ...
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GPS Design Review (RF Input)

I've designed a PCB in Eagle to host a GPS Receiver module and a GPS patch antenna. The RF input to the module is specified as a 50Ω unbalanced (coaxial) RF input. I used this calculator to calculate ...
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Transmission line reflection. I would like a non-mathematical explanation

I am a licensed radio amateur, and find bewildering the many different explanations, which range from folksy urban myth to Maxwell-Heaviside Equations, of what happens at the termination of a ...
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Impedance Matching for Short-Low Frequency Traces

Is it necessary to have impedance matching for short PCB traces if the frequency is lower than say 100MHz ? I've read somewhere that for a trace to be considered a transmission line it should have a ...
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Why is impedance represented as a complex number?

Let me know one thing. Why is impedance represented by a complex number when considering loss? Usually it is said that imaginary part is because of loss. Is it True? If it is true then does that ...
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Controlled impedance in presence of vias and through-hole components (PTHs)

We have some controlled impedance traces on layer 4 of a board. Layer 3 is a GND plane. Layer 5 is a 3.3V plane. Both planes are unbroken (they occupy the entire layer), with the exception of vias and ...
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When does controlled impedance on a PCB matter?

Suppose I have a PCB that contains a microprocessor, or an FPGA (a "controller"). This "controller" drives a single-ended signal to an LVDS driver IC and a single-ended signal to a connector that goes ...