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High-Speed Digital Design (Video Lectures): Introduction to Black Magic

Online Video


  • Copyright 2017
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-458455-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-458455-3

12+ Hours of Video Instruction

High-Speed Digital Design covers the important and timely issues involving both high-speed digital design and signal integrity. Developed specifically for engineers and designers who work with high-speed digital signals, this workshop will give you the power to instantly recognize and solve many of today's high-speed problems.


This is a practical two-day seminar course, filmed in front of a live audience by a professional documentary film crew, taught by a man with extraordinary capabilities. His seminars have been seen by over 10,000 engineers worldwide, and was for 20 years among the most popular summer engineering short courses ever offered at the University of Oxford.

 Why so popular? The course is real, taught by a real engineer, with real examples, explanations, and classroom demonstrations. Anyone who works with high-speed digital signals will understand and benefit from the material presented. In the course, Dr. Johnson begins with fundamentals, to make sure the vocabulary is clear, and then applies those fundamental in diverse areas of high-speed design.

 This course presents material related to the book, High-Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic, but treated in a different way and with different examples. The book, being 447 pages in length, obviously delves into the subject matter in greater detail. Think of the seminar as an introduction and, if you like it, get the book for on-the-job reference.

About the Instructor

An independent consultant, Dr. Johnson has served literally hundreds of top-name companies like Google, Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Cisco, Apple, Raytheon, and Lockheed-Martin. The breadth of his knowledge and understanding of high-speed computing systems is immense.

 As an author, his books High-Speed Digital Design and High-Speed Signal Propagation have sold over 100,000 copies. He wrote EDN Magazine's featured Signal Integrity column for 17 years. Oxford University promoted his courses every year from 1994-2013 in their summer engineering curriculum. The IEEE tapped him to lead the technical development of Ethernet standards. In short, Dr. Johnson (now retired) is the sort of guy people pick when they want the very best for a tough High-Speed Digital Signal Integrity problem.

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced -- You will learn a lot

What You Will Learn
  • Vocabulary of High-Speed Effects
  • The types of probes available and when to use them
  • Why ringing happens on a transmission line
  • How crosstalk occurs
  • How to terminate a transmission line
  • Why you need a solid reference plane
  • How bypass capacitors function
  • How to architect a complete power system

Who Should Take This Course
  • Digital logic designers
  • System architects
  • Chip designers
  • EMC specialists
  • Applications engineers
  • Technicians
  • Printed wiring layout professionals
  • Managers and sales professionals in the high-speed digital industry
  • Anyone who works with digital logic at high speeds (20MHz to 20GHz and beyond)

Course Requirements
  • Basic understanding of digital logic
  • Some familiarity with concepts of capacitance and inductance
  • Elementary mathematical skills

Table of Contents: High-Speed Digital Design
Chapter 1: Vocabulary of Signal IntegrityLesson 1: High-Speed Digital Design: Opening LectureLesson 2: VocabularyLesson 3: Frequency Content of Digital SignalsLesson 4: Effects of DelayLesson 5: Lumped-Element CrosstalkLesson 6: Path of RF Current
Chapter 2: Properties of GatesLesson 7: Properties of GatesLesson 8: Factors That Reduce Ground BounceLesson 9: IBIS I/O Buffer Information Specification
Chapter 3: Using Your OscilloscopeLesson 10: Scope Probes and LoadingLesson 11: Probe Rise Time and BandwidthLesson 12: Probe Ground WireLesson 13: Spurious Magnetic Interference
Chapter 4: Transmission LinesLesson 14: Transmission LinesLesson 15: Characteristic ImpedanceLesson 16: Example GeometriesLesson 17: Effects of Source and Load ImpedanceLesson 18: ReflectionsLesson 19: Un-terminated Line Examples
Chapter 5: Solid Plane LayersLesson 20: How Solid Plane Layers Control CrosstalkLesson 21: The Path of Returning Signal CurrentLesson 22: Crosstalk is DirectionalLesson 23: Ground Plane SlotsLesson 24: Multilayer RoutingLesson 25: Split Power PlanesLesson 26: Layer TransitionsLesson 27: NASA Layer Stack
Chapter 6: TerminationsLesson 28: Overview of Termination TypesLesson 29: End TerminationLesson 30: Series Termination (Source Termination)Lesson 31: Both-ends TerminationLesson 32: Comparison of Termination StylesLesson 33: Bi-directional TerminationLesson 34: Diode TerminationLesson 35: Weak End-TerminationLesson 36: End-Termination of Differential SignalsLesson 37: Right-Angle Bends
Chapter 7: Effect of Capacitive LoadsLesson 38: Effect of Capacitive LoadsLesson 39: Source-Terminated Bus Structures
Chapter 8: Rock-Solid Power
Lesson 40: Inductance of Bypass CapacitorLesson 41: Measured DataLesson 42: Arrays of Capacitors
Extra MaterialLesson 43: Metastability of a Flip-Flop


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