This is the control board of my alternator simulator. I think we are getting close to receiving a purchase order! https://www.dropbox.com/s/wvyxwlwzou3thh9/T901_22.JPG?raw=1 It has high power, relay drivers, uP, FPGA, dram, ethernet, USB. It goes close to the front panel in this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/71whot11i312y63/P900_3d_3.jpg?raw=1 My homework assignment is to do the signal integrity checks. First thing I had to do was shuffle the layer assignments and dielectric stacks. That gets ugly on an 8-layer board. Looks like this will work: L1 parts and traces L2 traces L3 ground L4 power pours L5 power pours L6 power pours L7 traces L8 traces The dielectric thicknesses will be 6, 16, 4, 4, 4, 16, 6. Yes that's ugly. More layers always gets ugly. One trades reasonable trace widths and impedances for crosstalk hazards. I could add some edge-launch SMAs and a bunch of TDR test traces, to see how badly the real board comes out. -- John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc The cork popped merrily, and Lord Peter rose to his feet. "Bunter", he said, "I give you a toast. The triumph of Instinct over Reason"
pcb signal integrity check
Started by ●February 22, 2020