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Performance limits of electrical cables for intrasystem communication

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Deutsch, A. ; IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, P.O. Box 218, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598, USA ; Arjavalingam, G. ; Surovic, C.W. ; Lanzetta, A.P.
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Three types of cables (commercially available high-performance coaxial and ribbon cables, and an experimental flexible-film cable) were investigated for intrasystem communication in high-performance computer and communication systems. The electrical properties of the cables and their respective connectors were obtained and compared through the use of time-domain techniques. Feasibility for use in digital signal propagation at 500 Mb/s-1 Gb/s was demonstrated by means of pulse propagation and eye-diagram measurements. Performance limits in terms of maximum useful cable lengths were determined through simulations which included the effects of associated connectors, vias, and printed-circuit-card wiring.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 6 )