SCES593F JULY 2004 – July 2017 SN74AUP1G80
When a printed-circuit board (PCB) trace turns a corner at a 90° angle, a reflection can occur. A reflection occurs primarily because of the change of width of the trace. At the apex of the turn, the trace width increases to 1.414 times the width. This increase upsets the transmission-line characteristics, especially the distributed capacitance and self–inductance of the trace which results in the reflection. Not all PCB traces can be straight and therefore some traces must turn corners. Figure 9 shows progressively better techniques of rounding corners. Only the last example (BEST) maintains constant trace width and minimizes reflections.