A Method for Skew-free Distribution of Digital Signals Using Matched Variable Delay Lines
Author(s)Knight, Thomas; Wu, Henry M.
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The ability to distribute signals everywhere in a circuit with controlled and known delays is essential in large, high-speed digital systems. We present a technique by which a signal driver can adjust the arrival time of the signal at the end of the wire using a pair of matched variable delay lines. We show an implemention of this idea requiring no extra wiring, and how it can be extended to distribute signals skew-free to receivers along the signal run. We demonstrate how this scheme fits into the boundary scan logic of a VLSI chip.
clock distribution, synchronization, skew compensation, sphase adjustment