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The newer industry-standard SerDes protocols such as PCIe Gen6, USB4, and the 100G per-lane Ethernet and OIF/CEI standards offer an increasing challenge for PCB designers on multiple fronts. On the one hand, the speeds are approximately doubling for each generation. At the same time, the circuit board material used is often the same as the previous generations in order to keep costs down. To compensate for the increased loss at higher data rates, complex equalization techniques are employed.
From an IC design perspective, deciding what types of equalization circuits need to be incorporated in the transceivers design, has cost, power, and silicon area implications. From an EDA perspective, the large variety of compliance methods and ways to define equalization types along with their associated transfer functions and constraints leads to increased complexity of the analysis tools.
This Siemens paper will highlight some important aspects of the most popular interconnect specifications, with a focus on the reference equalizers.
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Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Despite all of the talk about the need for communication between designers and manufacturers, many PCB designers still do not talk with their manufacturers for a variety of reasons. Altium and MacroFab aim to change this dynamic. In this interview, Ted Pawela, chief ecosystem officer of Altium and head of Altium’s Nexar Business Unit, and MacroFab CEO Misha Govshteyn, discuss the new Altimade manufacturing service that Altium is introducing in partnership with MacroFab. Ted and Misha provide an overview of the Altimade process, how it links designers to fabricators, assembly providers, and component distributors, and they explain how it could pave the way for true design with manufacturing, or DWM.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
When we want to find out what challenges our readers are facing, we just ask. And they don’t mind sharing—the good, the bad, and the ugly. In a recent survey, we asked our PCB designer readers, “Why don’t you know who is going to manufacture your boards?” Here are some of more interesting replies we received, edited slightly for clarity. Do you see yourself in these replies?
Scott Miller, FreedomCAD Services
There is a new acronym bubbling up in the design world: DWM, which stands for “design with manufacturing.” Why is this different than design for manufacturing, or DFM? With DWM, the emphasis is on integration between the design team and the manufacturers during the design process. DWM is much more than that. We are tasked with producing designs that meet various technical requirements, yet are cost-effective and manufacturable. We provide this service to hundreds of customers who have varying degrees of processes, tools, and manufacturing partners. Given this diversity, we have recognized the importance of designing with manufacturing to achieve the product development goals of manufacturability and technical excellence.