Link Path Design on a Block-by-Block Basis

Francesco de Paulis
Jun Fan, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Jay Diepenbrock
Samuel Connor
Antonio Orlandi
Bruce Archambeault, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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In high-speed data communication systems, the complexity of link path between transmitters and receivers present a challenge for designers to maintain an acceptable bit error rate. An approach is presented in this paper to design the link path on a block-by-block basis. The unique advantage of this approach lies on the physics-based model of each block, which relates performance to geometry and makes design improvement and optimization possible. An example link path involving a backpanel is investigated using the approach. The via stubs and the dielectric materials in the backpanel are demonstrated to be critical factors for link performance in certain situations.