Monday, July 30, 2007

Warning SI issues ahead

In case you thought today's signal integrity issues were bad, better tune into Roy Leventhal's write up on the recent meeting of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society in Hawaii. He showed signal integrity problems are not on any trip to an island in paradise.

"By the year 2013, silicon technology roadmaps call for 30 nm processes and 25GHz core switching rates," Leventhal wrote. "When dealing with such chips, engineers will need to design for a frequency range of DC to 80GHz. Meanwhile silicon chips are growing larger as more functionality gets packed onto them, so the potential for direct radiation off the silicon exists in the not too distant future."

No surprise then that he also reports that "at the past few symposiums, there has been a dramatic increase in the interest shown in signal integrity, power integrity, modeling and simulation." Buckle your seat belts, turbulence ahead.

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