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We are designing a ultra low noise USB 2.0 hub.

I am thinking to add a common mode choke to + and - of the USB connector, in addition to the D+ and D- choke to remove the common mode noise. I am aware that adding a CMC on the D lines will degrade the signal integrity but I am using a signal conditioner afterwards.

My question is: will the additional CMC (on + and -) help with common mode noise reduction and will it interfere with USB signaling ?

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My question is: will the additional CMC (on + and -) help with common mode noise reduction and will it interfere with USB signaling ?

Yes, but realize that the frequency cutoffs for USB filtering will be quite high at 700Mhz, so that still leaves a lot of room for lower frequency signals to get through the cabling.

I would use a standard usb filter like the EMI2121, that way you know it's tested and you get EMI protection as well.

Another way to do this would be to use USB Isolation on each port and stop most of the noise from traveling down the cable, but this would add to the cost.

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