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Board Design Guidelines for LVDS Systems

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Executive Summary

LVDS is a high-speed, low-voltage, low-power, and low-noise general-purpose I/O interface standard. The low-voltage swing and differential current mode outputs significantly reduce Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). These outputs have fast edge rates that cause signal paths to act as transmission lines. Therefore, ultra-high-speed board design and differential signal theory knowledge is especially useful for designing a board containing Altera FPGAs that integrate LVDS. In addition, a number of factors, such as differential traces, impedance matching, crosstalk, and EMI, have to be considered while designing an LVDS board.

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