sfp-experimenter / voltage swing of LVDS driver insufficient for SFP spec
I'm surprised this never caused any problems, but
- the SFP MSA speifies _The inputs will accept differential swings of 500 – 2400 mV (250 – 1200 mV single-ended), though it is recommended that values between 500 and 1200 mV differential (250 – 600 mV single-ended) be used for best EMI performance.
- the LVDS driver we use states The outputs comply with the TIA/EIA-644 standard and provide a minimum differential output voltage magnitude of 247 mV into a 100-Ω load at signaling rates up to 630 Mbps...
So the differential magnitude of the driver is much lower t han the SFP MSA requires it to be.
I guess real-world SFP transceivers appear to be much more sensitive and accept lower voltage swings - and hence we never saw that problem so far.
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