SCEA127 February 2023 DS90LVRA2
Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) has been the go to differential signaling standard for several decades. Since the inception of LVDS, electronic systems designers have turned to LVDS whenever the designers needed to implement high data rate, low power and noise tolerant data and control links. As systems designers leverage the latest processors, FPGA, and ASSP technologies, implementing low power and efficient LVDS links is more important than ever before. New processor technologies are being developed in smaller CMOS process geometries operating at much lower core voltages and as a result supporting the higher I/O (Input/Output) voltage levels of traditional LVDS receiver I/O (up to 3.3 V) can present design challenges. Other differential I/O standards such as PECL and CML also have similar interfacing challenges when being used with new lower power processor technologies. Increasing the overall power dissipation of a large processor or FPGA to support a few data inputs does not make sense for most applications.
System designers can use TI’s latest 1.8 V capable LVDS differential receiver to easily integrate LVDS links into their designs without having to sacrifice power or performance of their chosen processor. TI’s latest differential signal receiver can help systems designers easily integrate differential signals such as LVDS, LVPECL, and CML into their lower power processor’s single ended inputs that operate at 1.8 V (see #GUID-8680EB6D-F85C-4B1A-91A2-EBD55A2608C8 for an example use case). The new DS90LVRA2 is a two-channel LVDS (differential) receiver supporting single ended 1.8 V CMOS outputs that can easily be interfaced with 1.8 V inputs commonly found on most processors, FPGAs and ASSP devices.
The DS90LVRA2 supports two differential input channels and two single-ended 1.8 V CMOS output channels operating up to 600 Mbps (300 MHz) for each differential input. The device has flexible inputs capable of accepting LVDS, LVPECL, or CML differential inputs (see #GUID-44C9BC65-553D-4B85-BACC-8E6FE8E03643), requires a single voltage supply (1.8 V) and is housed in an eight pin WSON package supporting a flow through pinout. Higher data rate differential signals like LVDS and LVPECL need to be properly terminated to avoid impairing signal integrity therefore discrete methods of level shifting and conversion are not recommended. Using the DS90LVRA2 results in superior signal performance compared to discrete level shifting implementations especially for higher data rates where discrete devices like amplifiers and resistors can actually degrade signal performance while also increasing cost and component count. For more information on the DS90LVRA2 please visit the DS90LVRA2 devices product page on ti.com.