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Signal Integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Board Design by Douglas Brooks

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Chapter 3. Electrical Components

The Three Basics

When we think about all the challenging complexities of high-speed designs, it is sometimes hard to believe how few components there really are in the world of electronics. Are you ready for this? There are only three passive components we will ever have to worry about in high-speed design issues. Only three! They are (a) resistors, (b) capacitors, and (c) inductors. Virtually everything we encounter in board designs can be described and analyzed in terms of these three components and their combination and effects.

To go with them, we may need an energy source. If so, we can consider it to be either a pure current source or a pure voltage source (an example of a voltage source might be a battery). ...

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