Edge Coupled Microstrip Impedance

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The edge coupled differential microstrip transmission line is a common technique for routing differential traces. There are four types of impedance used in characterizing differential trace impedances. This calculator finds both odd and even transmission line impedance. Modeling approximation can be used to understand the impedance of the differential microstrip transmission line.

##### Introduction

The edge couple differential microstrip transmission line is a common technique for routing differential traces. There are four different types of impedance used in characterizing differential trace impedances. This calculator finds both odd and even transmission line impedance. Modeling approximation can be used to understand the impedance of the differential microstrip transmission line.

##### Description

An edge couple differential microstrip transmission line is constructed with two traces referenced to the same reference plane. There is a dielectric material between them. There is also some coupling between the lines. This coupling is one of the features of differential traces. Usually it is good practice to match differential trace length and to keep the distances between the traces consistent. Also avoid placing vias and other structures between these traces.

##### Differential Impedance Definitions

Differential Impedance The impedance measured between the two lines when they are driven with opposite polarity signals. Zdiff is equal to twice the value of Zodd

Odd Impedance The impedance measured when testing only one of the differential traces referenced to the ground plane. The differential signals need to be driven with opposite polarity signals. Zodd is equal to half of the value of Zdiff

Common Impedance The impedance measured between the two lines when they are driven with the same signal. Zcommon is half the value of Zeven

Even Impedance The impedance measured when testing only one of the differential traces referenced to the ground plane. The differential signals need to be driven with the same identical signal. Zeven is twice the value of Zcommon

##### Microstrip Transmission Line Models

Models have been created to approximate the characteristics of the microstrip transmission line.                              The source for these formulas are found in the IPC-2141A (2004) “Design Guide for High-Speed Controlled Impedance Circuit Boards” and Wadell, Brian C. Transmission Line Design Handbook. Norwood: Artech House Inc, 1991