Application Note: High-Speed Serial Backplane – SERDES Design Example

AWR published an application note, High-Speed Serial Backplane – SERDES Design Example. The paper discusses the advantages of AWR Connected for Anritsu VectorStar for designing high-speed serial backplanes. AWR’s Microwave Office software is resident in the Anritsu VectorStar VNA. High-frequency design tools resident on a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) provides a streamlined work flow that eliminates the time required to transfer measured data to a simulator running on a separate PC or workstation.

High-Speed Serial Backplane – SERDES Design Example

The benefit to having high-frequency design tools resident on a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) does not become obvious until the time comes to compare simulation to measurements. At this point, the advantage of a more streamlined work flow — without the impediment of transferring data to a simulator running on a separate PC or workstation – becomes clear. To illustrate the benefit of such a novel, integrated solution (AWR’s Microwave Office software “inside” the Anritsu VectorStar VNA), this application note follows the design flow for a high-speed serial backplane.

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The ability to perform high-frequency circuit simulation and simultaneously take measurement data of a circuit using a single “workstation” has benefits in many circumstances, and invariably saves time. For high-speed PCB design in particular, it is highly desirable to be able to achieve initial, good channel design before further steps in the development process proceed. The addition of drivers and receiver to the design increase not only complexity but costs. To perform validation of the growing design complexity with the same nonlinear signal sources with which it was designed and to simultaneously take the requisite measurements too is the value-add with AWR Connected for Anrtisu VectorStar.

More information: High-Speed Serial Backplane – SERDES Design Example (pdf)