Or should we just isolate noisy signals?

There are several theories about whether a differential pair should be routed with tight coupling or loose coupling. There must be some science that can be drawn on to arrive at a rule set that makes best use of layout time, while optimizing the signal integrity of a differential pair. This article explores the advantages of tight and loose coupling.

A known industry speaker says, “Everybody knows tight coupling is best for differential signaling.” This is stated in a tone of voice that implies those who don’t know this might be lacking. I sometimes say I am from Missouri, which is the “Show-Me State.” If the need for tight coupling is true, perhaps there is some proof. I am still waiting to see it. The following discussion will look at a tightly coupled differential pair and the same pair loosely coupled.

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