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### Characteristic impedance of a coplanar line in 4-layer PCB

I'm trying to do a simple task: designing a 50 ohm Z0 coplanar waveguide for a 4-layer PCB. The stack can be seen from this link. With that information I've used this online calculator to calculate ...
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### Characteristic Impedance of a port

I thought that the characteristic impedance was a parameter defined only for transmission lines. But now I have this question: is it defined also for a port? And, eventually, what does it represent ...
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### LC Filter Design with coaxial input and output

I was trying to design a Chebychev high pass filter of 400MHz corner bandwidth, 0.2db ripple and 5 poles. I am confused with the proposed design in this filter design calculator. This calculator asks ...
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### Velocity Factor in Transmission Line

For a lossless line, you have $Z_0=\sqrt{\frac{L}{C}}$ and $VF=\frac{1}{c\sqrt{LC}}$. For a line with R, L, G and C parameters, we have $Z_0=\sqrt{\frac{R+j\omega L}{G+j\omega C}}$. But how ...
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### Why this evaluation board use different track impedance than the right one? Ethernet PHY, routing

Im doing a design with a implementation of 1Gb ethernet switch, for that I bought a evaluation board to do it well. The problem is that in the layout of the ev board I can check that the track ...
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### What does line impedance stabilization mean?

What exactly does line impedance stabilization mean? What parameters of line impedance are stabilized and how? How does line impedance / source impedance vary with frequency?
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### What exactly is Characteristic impedence in transmission lines? [duplicate]

Please help me to understand what does a characteristic impedance mean. I am unable to get the exact idea of what does it actually mean and its physical significance.
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### USB cable characteristic impedance

Does differential impedance between D+ and D- not only depends on separation between and wire gauge of D+ and D-, dielectric constant of the insulation, but also the GND wire and shielding? I want to ...
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### analog signal generator output in Volts vs dBm

I am connecting a mixer to a microwave source and need to be careful of how much power I am giving to the LO and RF of the mixer. If I just stay in the unit of dBm, it would be ok but I became ...
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### Equivalent Characteristic Impedance for Different Trace Widths

Suppose I have a PCB trace that needs to be impedance matched, but the trace width changes as it travels from its source to its destination. Something like this: The 5mil trace would have a certain ...
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### RF layout bend over Component

We lay out the RF trace for below model. GSM 900MHz RF trace maintain at 50Ω impedance. As I know, the RF trace needs to be as short as possible for better signal. Do we need to bend RF trace ...
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### Routing large RF trace to small SMD pad

I am designing an RF board in Altium where due to the dielectric selected and its thickness, the trace width for a 50 ohm characteristic impedance is thicker than some of the SMD component pads. What ...
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### Some calculations on Transmission Lines

I have to do some (simple) calculations for a transmission line. I was given a power supply of $11V$/$22\Omega$, $Z_0 = 50\Omega$, $v = 2.2 \times 10^8 m/s$, a load capacitance of $1.124nF$ ...
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### Impedence Matching of Antenna and Coaxial Cable

There is a scenario based question which is confusing for me Antenna had four rods each 15cm arranged as a plus sign. its brass shielding was cut and it had two 75 ohm coaxial cables in it. one 10 cm ...
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### What is the definition of characteristic impedance of a lattice network?

We were being taught about Lattice networks in class, today, and our professor mentioned that the characteristic impedance of a symmetrical lattice network like is given by: $$Z_0=\sqrt{Z_aZ_b}$$ I'...
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### Difference in the characteristic impedance of a low frequency signal

In one of my PCB design, for a RS 485 signal termination resistor of 120 ohm is there. But the differential characteristics impedance of the signal is taken as 100 ohm instead of 120 and the signal ...
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### Calculating Characteristic Impedance of Jumper Wire

I'm conducting a test of the LTC490 driver/receiver (http://www.analog.com/media/en/technical-documentation/data-sheets/490fb.pdf), using a small incremental encoder. I'll make the connections using ...
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### Impedance Matching for Helical Antenna

I'm building a helical antenna at 1.7 GHz from scratch. Theory says that its characteristic impedance is 140 Ohm. The RF transmission line is 50 Ohm so there has to be an impedance transformer in ...
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### Influence of I/O impedance in Butterworth passive filter design

I'm using a simple online simulator tool to build a passive Butterworth filter. An affirmation made in this page confused me: Enter the filter characteristic impedance. In all cases, unless you ...
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### Preferable pattern for differential length matching

When the positive and negative tracks of a differential signal are not equal in length, we add some bumpy patterns in the shorter track to make them equal. On the other hand, we usually have a rule ...
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### cable spec: differential characteristic impedance

I am hunting around for a cable with twisted-shielded pair conductors with the correct differential characteristic impedance for RS-485 (120 ohm) Most of the cable spec sheets for cables with twisted ...
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### Finding cable impedance, to determine RS485 line termination

We have some Belden 6341PC cable which will be used with some RS-485 communications equipment, which of I'm learning will need line terminators. I'm told the resistor values needed should match the ...
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### 50 Ohm Single Ended Signal Impedances on PCBs

I have a basic understanding of transmission line theory and how 50ohm traces are designed on a PCB. I was wondering what the origin of this 50ohm impedance is. Are single ended digital signals on ICs ...
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### Why is the characteristic impedance usually purely resistive?

I know the characteristic impedance to be the square root of the ratio of the impedance (Z) and the conductance (G) of the line, both complex numbers. Hence, the characteristic impedance must be also ...
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### Routing USB, DVI and Ethernet signals on a large PCB vs using long cables

Properly routing USB, DVI and Ethernet signals over long distances (30 to 40 cm) on a PCB seems to be relatively challenging (skew, characteristic impedance, cross-talk, etc.). Yet using the standard ...
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### Do USB Data Wires (D+/D-) have 90 ohm differential impedance and single ended 45 ohm impedance to ground and if so how is this made?

I understand that USB data transmission is done over various speeds where transmission line effects could come into play(max 480Mbps which means a max frequency that is much higher considering the ...
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### Are I/O buffers of ICs design to have 50ohm impedance?

Is it true that 50ohm characteristic impedance is a convention followed for signal carrying PCB tracks? Also, are the IC I/O buffers also designed to have a close to 50ohm impedance to match this?
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### Length of Transmission Line & Characteristic Impedance

Just a simple Question for clarification: Does the physical length of transmission line affect its impedance? We all understand that the height of dielectric (space between line and ground) affects ...
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### Importance of Common-Emitter Input & Output h-parameters

Speaking for NPN Bipolar transistor: In many practical examples parallel resistance of base-emitter junction (aka hie) and finite collector-emitter parallel resistance resistance (aka hoe) are ...
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### What is the difference between characteristic impedance and input impedance in transmission lines?

What is the difference between characteristic impedance and input impedance in transmission lines? When are these quantities are equal?
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### Calculating characteristic impedance of a matching line

Attached is a question asking for the characteristic impedance of a matching line. A matching line of 0.25$\lambda$ has at its beginning an impedance equal to: $$Z_{in}=\sqrt{Z_{c}Z_{L}}$$ if I am ...
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### Characteristic impedance of RF PCB when narrowing the trace width to fit pad

I am working on a PCB design that should be matched at a characteristic impedance of 50 Ohms. The circuit down converts a 2.4 GHz signal to a signal in the 2 Mhz- 100 Mhz range using a VCO and a mixer....
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### Impedance matching network and power transfer to the load

The picture below is a circuit consisted of an RF generator, an impedance matching box, and RF plasma reactor. The RF generator with an output source impedance RS (= 50 ohm) is connected to an input ...
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### Characteristic impedance vs. Resistance

Why is there voltage drop across resistors? Characteristic impedance is the ratio between voltage and current in a transmission line, but resistors also have impedance that translates to voltage drop....
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### How is transfer impedance of a cable different from its characterstic impedance

i have been given a task to measure the impedance of a coaxial cable. i was doing some literature study and i came across two terms : transfer impedance and characterstic impedance. i am not able to ...
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### What is the physical meaning of the characteristic impedance of a transmission line? [duplicate]

If it was per unit length, I'd understand, but apparently it is a constant of the whole line. Consider if I change the length of the transmission line, the impedance of the whole thing should ...
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### Calculate input impedance of transmission line without knowing L or C

I have the following problem: A TV antenna lead-in wire 10 cm long has a characteristic impedance of 250 ohms and is open-circuited at its end. If the line operates at 400 MHz, determine its input ...
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### Reflections on a differential transmission line

I understand why reflections occur when there is an impedance mismatch on a single-wire transmission line. However, when we introduce a differential line, I am having trouble picturing what would ...
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### How much is the propagation velocity affected by the characteristic impedance?

Someone posted the (very educational!) video Similiarities of Wave Behavior from 1959 in another answer, and after watching the part about impedance mismatches, it strikes me that the propagation ...
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### Characteristic impedance of a D-subminiature connector

I would like to know what the characteristic impedance of two adjacent pins of a D-subminiature connector is, or how I can go about calculating it. For example, see below 50-pin D-sub, if I were to ...
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### IBIS Model Characteristic Impedance

I have tried to understand how to match my 50 ohm pcb trace, which is carrying a high-speed data signal, with a digital chip's input pin. The problem is that I don't understand why the calculations ...
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### BNC cable's characteristic impedance and voltage drop

As far as I understand, the characteristic impedance matters when a signal is oscillating since the BNC coaxial cable can be modeled as having inductors and capacitors as in the figure: I have couple ...
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### Height of the substrate in online PCB impedance calculators

Is the height of the substrate just the non conductive portion between copper layers ? Using this calculator as an example In a 4L board, if the top and bottom traces are of the same thickness and ...
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### What is the 'characteristic frequency' of a certain impedance?

I'm not familiar with that term. Could somebody explain it to me? Is it the frequency at which the phase of the AC current running through the impedance goes to zero? Edit: Here is the context in ...
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### Role of “HDMI Baluns”?

I understand that an HDMI cable contains essentially 4 shielded twisted pairs, along with additional control lines. Each of the twisted pairs is specified, to my understanding, to be a balanced ...
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### How does a passive 1x Scope probe work?

I understand about input impedance and capacitance... My question relates to the cable: What is the characteristic impedance of the cable connecting the probe to the scope? It must be terminated in a ...
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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 ...