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Analysis of Multiconductor Transmission Lines, 2nd Edition by Clayton R. Paul

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INTRODUCTION

This text concerns the analysis of transmission-line structures that serve to guide electromagnetic (EM) waves between two or more points. The analysis of transmission lines consisting of two parallel conductors of uniform cross section has traditionally been a fundamental subject in electrical engineering (EE) [A.1,A.3,A.6]. Prior to the introduction of digital computer engineering topics into the undergraduate EE curricula, all EE undergraduates were required to complete a course on two-conductor transmission lines. However, because of the introduction of computer engineering courses into an already crowded 4-year undergraduate degree program, the transmission-line course in many EE programs has been relegated to a senior technical elective if offered at all. Unfortunately, the increasing use of high-speed digital technology requires that all EE undergraduates must have a working knowledge of transmission lines. In addition, the use of multiconductor transmission lines (MTLs) consisting of more than two conductors is becoming more widespread because of the increasing need for high-volume and high-speed data and signal transmission. Signal integrity, the effect of the transmission line on the signal transmission, is becoming a critical aspect of high-speed digital system performance.

This text is the second edition of a previous text concerning the analysis of MTLs. It has been reorganized with the emphasis given toward a university textbook for a senior/graduate ...

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