Graham LS Connolly, Principal Engineer, and Tony Lee, Applications Engineer, Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.
3/16/2011 1:08 PM EDT
(Part 1 looked at the nature of the problem, as well as the requirements of D-PHY MIPI® dual camera/dual display applications, click here to read it.)
What is the solution?
The solution is to add an analog switch.
When inserting an analog switch, the key influencing factor is still the incident wave response, as the switch can be seen as a discontinuity. The switch RC characteristics have to be optimized to facilitate good “eye” performance by minimizing reflections and edge rate degradation. Initially, the extra CON/COFF of the switch may be viewed as a detriment to the system performance, but in reality, removing the discontinuity reflections outweighs the extra capacitance and series resistance incurred by inserting the analog switch. The MIPI specifications use a 0.3 UI (unit interval) for the criteria of Interoperability, so the faster you want to run your system, the more critical the switch CON/COFF characteristics becomes, since that is the parameter that will impact the edge rate and, therefore, the 0.3 UI criteria.
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