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RE: interface

Single ended interface is needed for the LAN space,
to keep cost low. I suggest we use impedance controlled output
buffers, so transmission line effect become simple.
Several ASIC vendors have this technology available today.

If PHY's for WAN space will require differential interace
we should write the spec so that a single to diff converter
can be inserted between MAC and WAN PHY. Perhaps it is possible
use some off the shelf LVDS drivers.

-Curt Berg-
Extreme Networks

-----Original Message-----
From: Haim Shafir [mailto:hshafir@xxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 9:29 AM
To: Chang, Edward S; stds-802-3-hssg@xxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: interface

I am not worried about the PCB 
more worried about internal substrate
noise in the PHY chip.

It is true that since 10GBE will be
point to point with re timing in each node
you need not worry about jitter transfer spec
but still 32 buffers switching may kill the PLL performance.

We may want to allow in the spec
some way of spreading out the switching noise
within the bit window.

communication and there is not jitter tranfer spec

At 12:11 PM 6/9/99 -0400, Chang, Edward S wrote:
>It may not be as bad as you think, although your concerns are well
>First of all, the 10GbE interface specification should be based on LAN, or
>similar to GbE specification, of which the clock tolerance does not need as
>tight as SONET for WAN.  When the data are transferred from datacom to
>telecom (or vise versa), we need a switch to controvert data anyway;
>therefore, we do not have to impose unnecessary tight specification to LAN
>As we discussed on reflector before, from PCB layout point of view,
>single-ended trace at 300 Mbps can be done, and is cost-effective, although
>it will need very careful PC run design to control data skew and
>To design 32 lines of differential pairs on a densely crowded interface
>on a PCB may defeat its purpose.  The reason, in addition to the
>single-ended design concerns, the differential pair need to be kept in the
>same length, impedance control, cross-talk control, and may need
>terminators.  Usually, for an optimum PCB design, there is not enough space
>for those requirement; as a result, the PCB layout will compromise quality
>and cost-effectiveness to fit them.
>I believe single-ended interface is cost-effective, and reliable.  
>Ed Chang
>Unisys Corporation         
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Haim Shafir [mailto:hshafir@xxxxxxx]
>Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 11:16 AM
>To: stds-802-3-hssg@xxxxxxxx
>Subject: interface
>The main design problem with the interface
>is not the ASIC but the switching noise impact
>on the jitter performance of the XCVR PLL.
>Currently all 2.5Ghz SONET XCVRs on the market
>use 8 ir 16 bit diff LVDS interface. I am not
>sure if it is possible to meet SONET jitter spec using
>32 bit single ended interface.
>By choosing a single ended interface 
>you limit your transmitter and receiver performance
>and you limit the distance 10GBE can span.
>I suspect that long distance 10GBE will have
>to use a fully differential interface.
>Haim Shafir
>e9 Inc.
>PH 408-343-0192 cell 408-892-1838 fax 408-873-2642

Haim Shafir
e9 Inc.
PH 408-343-0192 cell 408-892-1838 fax 408-873-2642