Preface

Most of the numerous textbooks I have published were intended for class instructional books for electrical engineering (EE) and computer engineering (CpE) courses in a university environment. I decided to write this book for the industrial professional. My work has been in the field of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), known more commonly as interference in electronic systems. In the course of my teaching, I have also had the pleasure of working with many EMC professionals. It is to this group of professionals that I have focused the book.

I have written a brief but comprehensive book covering the set of transmission-line skills that EMC practitioners today require in order to be successful in high-speed digital electronics. The basic skills in the book weren't studied in most curricula some ten years ago. The rapidly changing digital technology has created this demand for a discussion of new analysis skills, particularly for the analysis of transmission lines where the conductors that interconnect the electronic modules have become “electrically large,” longer than a tenth of a wavelength, which are becoming increasingly important. Crosstalk between the lines is also rapidly becoming a significant problem in getting modern electronic systems to work satisfactorily. Hence this small volume is concentrated on modeling “electrically long” connection conductors where previously used Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws and lumped-circuit modeling have become obsolete because ...

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