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Differential Microstrip Impedance Calculator

Calculate the Differential Microstrip Impedance of a Transmission Line

Note: This Calculator works for W/H < 1

Trace Width (w) =

mils

Trace Separation (d) =

mils

Trace Thickness (t) =

mils

Dielectric Thickness (h) =

mils

Dielectric Constant (εr) =
RESULT
Differential Impedance = Ω
Single Ended Impedance = Ω
 
Where, Z0 = Single Ended Impedance Zd = Differential Impedance d = Trace Separation w = Trace Width t = Trace Thickness h = Dielectric Thickness εr = Relative Dielectric Constant Example, If w = 12 mil, d = 50 mil, t = 1 mil, h = 70 mil and εr = 4.4 then Z0 = 201.2024 Ω and Zd = 132.6826 Ω

Differential Microstrip Impedance

An edge coupled differential microstrip transmission line is constructed with two traces on the same reference plane. These lines are placed on a dielectric material of height h and there is also some coupling between the lines. It is good practice to match differential trace length and to keep the distances between the traces consistent. As can be seen from the formula below when d decreases, while keeping h constant, differential impedance decrease. The differential impedance depends upon the D/H ratio. For this calculation, the units of d,h, t and w can be ignored as long as they have the same units (mils, mm, inches).Calculating the Differential impedance is a two-step process, first Calculate the single ended impedance Zo and then use this value to calculate the differential impedance.

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