Diodes Incorporated


Our LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) devices solve today's high speed I/O interface requirements with high performance 5 V, 3.3 V, 2.5 V and 1.8 V devices featuring propagation delays down to < 2.0 ns. The LVDS product line offers line drivers, receivers, transceivers, crosspoints, clock/data distribution and repeaters that solve today's high speed I/O interface translation requirements supporting 8-bit, 16-bit, 18-bit and 32-bit functions.

LVDS Details

Low Voltage Differential Signaling Technology

  • Point-to-point communication
    • Superior performance
    • Supports > 1Gpbs diffential I/O eliminates noise and power barriers
  • Low voltage swing (350 mV)
    • Allows for quicker clocking
  • Differential signals...Low noise!
  • Excellent signal quality
    • Low power and low overhead
  • Protocol independent

Drivers, Receivers, Transceivers, Crosspoints, & Clock/Data Distribution

  • High-performance: 660 Mbps
  • Supply voltage: 3.3 Volts
  • Drive: 4 mA-8 mA
  • Packages: 8 to 64 pins including SOTiny
  • Failsafe circuit
  • Standard & Bus Drive
  • Integrated termination
  • ESD 9KV

LVDS for Multi-Function Printers

The traditional way of using TTL signals between the image-scanning module and the image process unit board fails to provide the density data transmission at high speed to provide good signal integrity for printing. LVDS transmission is the best way for the signal to link with high-speed, good signal integrity, and low EMI.

PI90LV017A acts as a LVDS driver supporting transmission data rates exceeding 400 Mbps. The same 8-pin SOIC, TSSOP and MSOP packages support Pericom’s PI90LV027A, and so designers can easily alternate the layout if there is a need for LVDS dual-driver transmission among various models.


Are BLVDS devices avaliable?

Yes. BLVDS, or Bus LVDS is identified with a B in the part number. For instance PI90LVB010


Are there any documents relating to LVDS products?

Pericom offers several application documents relating to LVDS devices See the Application Page.

Can a 3.3V LVDS driver, drive a 2.5V LVDS device?

For a 3.3V LVDS driver to drive a 2.5V LVDS receiver, a resistor network is required to change the common mode voltage to meet the specification of the 2.5V LVDS receiver.

Can a 3.3V LVDS receiver accept data coming a from 2.5V LVDS device?

For a 3.3V LVDS receiver to accept a 2.5V LVDS signals, the 2.5V signal will need to meet the VID specified in the datasheet of the 3.3V LVDS receiver.

Can I interface LVDS with CML?

Yes, it is possible to interface LVDS with CML. Please refer to Application note 47.

Can I interface LVDS with LVPECL?

Yes, it is possible to interface LVDS with LVPECL. Please refer to Application note 47.

Can I interface LVDS with PECL?

Yes, it is possible to interface LVDS with PECL. Please refer to application note 47.


Can I interface LVDS with single-end signals?

Yes, it is possible to interface LVDS with Single-ended signals. Please refer to Application note 47.

Can I interface single-ended signals with LVDS?

For detailed information regarding to how to interface single-ended signals to LVDS signals, please refer to Application Note 47: Interfacing LVDS to PECL, LVPECL, CML, RS-422 and Signal-Ended Devices.

Can I use 2.5V power supply for Pericom LVDS devices?

It is recommended that the device should not operate at 2.5V since it was designed to operate at 3.3V. Operating the device different to what it is specified in the datasheet could lead to system malfunction or reliability issues.

Can Pericom LVDS devices operate with a data rate below the stated data rate on the datasheet which is typically 660Mbps?

Pericom LVDS devices can operate below the specified data rate on the datasheet. The specified data rate only states the maximum data rate. However, it should be noted that jitter will increase as frequency decreases.

Does LVDS only support point-to-point topology?

Yes. LVDS only supports point-to-point topology, while BLVDS and M-LVDS are used to support bus and multi-point topologies.

Does LVDS require a termination resistor?

Yes. LVDS requires a 100-ohm +10% differential termination resistor.

Does LVDS support live-insertion applications?

LVDS, BLVDS and M-LVDS technologies support live insertion. Note: Live insertion is defined as: Vcc is applied when the cable is disconnected or reconnected.

Does Pericom have an LVDS repeater to support SATA II?

Currently Pericom does not have a repeater that supports SATA II.

Does Pericom offer any bidirectional LVDS devices?

Yes. Pericom offers several devices handling bi-directional LVTTL to LVDS and/or LVDS to LVTTL products. See LVDS or Translators.

Does Pericom offers LVDS with internal termination?

Yes, LVDS devices with an internal termination are marked as PI90LVTxxx.

How and where should I measure the jitter of an Eye Pattern?

To measure the jitter of an Eye Pattern, measure at the 0V differential voltage (optimal receiver threshold point) for minimum jitter. Measured at +100mV from the 0V differential to obtain the maximum jitter (worst case). Measuring at the cross point will result in a much lower jitter reading.

How are LVDS, BLVDS, and M-LVDS different?

LVDS, BLVDS and M-LVDS are all based on the same technology. The differences between the three are: LVDS is used for point-to-point topologies with a 100-ohm termination scheme. BLVDS is used for multi point and backplane topologies with a 50-ohm termination scheme. BLVDS also has a stronger drive strength compared to LVDS to support bus and multi-point topologies. M-LVDS is used for multi-point topologies with a 50-ohm termination scheme. M-LVDS has a stronger drive strength compared to LVDS to support multi-point topologies.

How does the failsafe works?

The failsafe features will be asserted if any of the three conditions are met:

  1. The inputs are left floating.
  2. The inputs are shorted together.
  3. When the receiver is terminated and the LVDS driver is powered off or removed.
How far can LVDS go?

The maximum distance for LVDS, as defined in the ANSI/TIA/EIA-644-A, is 10 meters. But by using high quality cables, the actual distance can go beyond 10m. The actual limiting distance for LVDS is application dependent.

How fast is LVDS?

As of 2003, LVDS can operate up to 2.5Gbs. The maximum speed is not defined since LVDS is an ongoing technology with speed continuously increasing. Actual speed for LVDS is application dependent.

How fast is M-LVDS?

Unlike LVDS, which has no defined maximum speed, M-LVDS has a maximum line speed of 500-Mbps defined in the TIA/EIA-899 Standard. The actual speed of M-LVDS is application dependent.

How is LVDS signal integrity determined?

LVDS signal integrity is determined by the Eye Pattern shape and Bit Error Rate (BER) during data transmission.

How is the ordering and top marking different between LVDS and BLVDS

Pericom Semiconductor marked LVDS device as PI90LVxxx and BLVDS as PI90LVBxxx. Other device top marking information can be found at the Packaging Page.

How should I terminate unused LVDS input pins?

Unused LVDS input pins can be left floating since all LVDS receivers incorporate a failsafe feature.

Is LVDS and SerDes different?

LVDS is completely different from Serdes (serializer / deserializer). Some SerDes use LVDS signaling as the serial transmission, for instance Pericom's SerDes PI90SD1636 offers LVPECL signaling as the serial transmission.

Is LVDS low noise?

Yes, LVDS is low noise. This is the result of the differential signaling which allows common-mode noise rejection. When noise is coupled to the common-mode, the receiver will only see the differences in the differential signals and will reject any noise. In addition to the common-mode noise rejection, the voltage swing for LVDS signal is away from Vcc and Ground which will further help minimized noise.

Is LVDS low power?

LVDS is low power due to the low 350mV (typical) voltage swing and the current mode design.

Is LVDS standardized?

LVDS standards are defined in the ANSI/TIA/EIA-644-A: Characteristic of Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) Interface Circuit, Revision A.

Is LVDS terminated differently from BLVDS?

LVDS requires a 100-ohm differential termination resistor, whereas Bus LVDS (BLVDS) requires a 50-ohm differential termination resistor.

Is M-LVDS defined in the same standard as LVDS?

No. M-LVDS is not defined in the same standard as LVDS. M-LVDS is defined in the TIA/EIA-899 Standard.

Is the failsafe feature incorporated into all LVDS receivers?

Yes, The failsafe features are incorporated into all LVDS receivers.

Is the LVDS IBIS model standardized?

LVDS is not specifically defined in the IBIS standards, but differential buffers are defined. LVDS devices fall under this category.

Is there a replacement for an obsolete part?

Not all obsolete parts will have a direct replacement. However, we recommended that you contact your regional sales office.

What are the available bits for LVDS drivers and receivers?

Pericom offers LVDS drivers and receivers ranging from 1, 2, 4, 10 and 16-bits.

What are the available functions offered for LVDS devices?

Pericom Semiconductor Corp. offers LVDS drivers, receivers, transceivers, crosspoints, repeaters, and clock/data distribution products.

What are the common parameters to determine the quality of LVDS signals?

There are several parameters: slew rates, voltage swing, crosspoints, jitter in Eye Pattern, Bit Error Rate, and others. But the two commonly used parameters are jitter in Eye Patterns and Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT).

What are the types of jitter?

There are several types of jitter, but the main ones are: cycle-to-cycle jitter, period jitter, half period jitter, and peak-to-peak jitter. Jitter terminology can be found in AB36: Jitter Measurement Techniques at Application Brief No. 36 or Application Note No. 27.

What does it mean by LVDS is an application dependent or application specific technology?

Application dependent or application specific means the signal integrity of LVDS depends on the required signals quality. The performance and signal quality of LVDS will depend on the types of equipment and signal quality used. For example, when using a CAT3 cable, an LVDS signal can go no further than 10m. However, using a high quality cable such as CAT5, LVDS signals can go beyond the maximum specified distance. Similar concepts apply to the speed of LVDS signals.

What is "Bus Hold"?

"Bus Hold" is a feature of the ALVCH logic family which holds the inputs of devices at their last valid logic state when the drivers go to high-impedance, thus eliminating external pull-up/down resistors.

What is BER Testing for LVDS?

BER (Bit Error Rate) Testing, sometimes fully abbreviated as BERT is a testing procedure to determine the quality of the LVDS signals by the number errors over the total number of bits sent. Commonly used BERT are: 1x10e-12 = One or less errors in 1 trillion bits sent or 1x10e-14 = One or less errors in 100 trillion bits sent

What is common-mode noise rejection in LVDS?

Common-mode noise rejection is an inherent feature of true differential receivers. It is the ability to reject noises that are of the same direction and of the same magnitude in differential signals. For example, when a +50mV noise is coupled onto the LVDS receiver's line, both the input+ (normally at 1.375V) and input- (normally at 1.025V) will be raised higher by +50mV resulting in the input+ at 1.425V and input- at 1.075V. But the receiver will ignore the change in voltage, in this case, the 50mV noise since the differences between the input+ and input- is still 350mV. To the LVDS receiver, there has be no disturbance to the LVDS signal.

What is hot-plug?

Hot-plug indicates that the devices, including switches populated on the motherboard (backplane), will turn off the power and signals to the hot-plug connectors during hot insertion, thus, there is no power and signal activity on the connectors while the system is still running. All Pericom switches are suitable for hot-plug.

What is LVDS?

LVDS stands for Low Voltage Differential Signaling. It is a high speed differential signal with low voltage swing of 350mV typical.

What is the common-mode for M-LVDS?

The common-mode range for M-LVDS is typically 1.2V +/- 2V. The LVDS common-mode is typically 1.2V +/-1V.

What is the common-mode range for LVDS?

The common-mode range for LVDS is typically 1.2V +/-1V. This will allow the receivers input to have an operating range from GND to +2.4V. The common-mode range for M-LVDS is typically 1.2V +/-2V.

What is the commonly used number of bits in Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) to determine if the LVDS device is good?

Commonly used BERT are: 1x10e-12 = One or less errors in 1 trillion bits sent or 1x10e-14 = One or less errors in 100 trillion bits sent.

What is the edge control circuit?

An edge control circuit is inside the buffer output circuit for dynamic output impedance which varies dependent on the output voltage for overshoot and undershoot reduction while retaining fast rising and falling edges.

What is the HBM-ESD rating for LVDS devices?

Standard Pericom's LVDS devices can meet 10kV HBM-ESD. However, Pericom also offers some specially designed LVDS devices that are designed to meet lower HBM-ESD (For non-standard HBM-ESD, the datasheet will spec this value)

What is the input sensitivity for LVDS receivers?

Pericom's LVDS devices will provide an output if a valid differential swing is 5mV or greater.

What is the lead finish for Pericom products? What about lead-free?

All Pericom's products that are not lead-free are composed of 85% Sn and 15% Pb. For lead-free products, they are composed of 100% matte Sn. Lead-free products are marked and ordered with the letter "E" suffix at the end of the part number.

What is the maximum trace length that a logic device can drive?

It depends on the frequency and the capacitive load, the higher the frequency and capacitive load, the shorter the maximum trace length. The best way to determine the maximum trace length is to simulate the IBIS model.

What is the output-to-output skew within the same device?

The output-to-output skew is typically less than 250ps within the same bank of the same device. This applies to most LVDS drivers and distributors. Please refer to the datasheet.

What is the recommended operating voltages for Pericom LVDS devices?

The recommended operating voltage for all Pericom LVDS products is 3.3V +/- 10%.

What is the speed limitation of LVDS transmitted on a CAT5e cable? Concern is bit error rate and crosstalk from adjacent channels.

All Pericom LVDS devices will meet or exceed the TIA-644, which states that the LVDS signal will be able to travel a distance of 10m. Note that the statement also indicates that it is application dependant.

What is the typical output swing for LVDS devices?

LVDS typical output swing is 350mV.

What switch is suggested for a Gigabit Ethernet application and why?

The PI3L301D is suggested for Gigabit Ethernet applications. The PI3L301D has the lowest combination of both R-on and C-on in the LAN switch market, resulting in lowest return-loss which exceeds the requirement for the IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit PHY conformance tests spec.

What type of cables are used for LVDS data transfer?

There are several types of cables used for LVDS data transfer. Some commonly used cables are: Firewire, CAT3, CAT5, Twin-Ax, Ribbon Cables and others. The quality of the cable is a major factor to be considered if distance is an issue. CAT3 cables are good for about 10 meters, while CAT5 has been used for longer distances. Actual distance for LVDS is application dependent.

What type of decoupling is needed for LVDS devices?

A 0.1uF, 0.01uF, and 0.001uF are recommended for decoupling and should be placed as close as possible to the Vcc pin of the device. A bulk capacitor of 10uF 35V tantalum is also recommended for the PCB. The actual number of decoupling capacitors needed will depend on the PCB environment.

What type signals are commonly used for LVDS testing?

A commonly used signal to test LVDS uses a NRZ (non-return-zero) coding scheme with PRBS (pseudo-random bit stream) signals.

What types of power supply are available for LVDS devices?

Pericom offers 3.3V Vcc for LVDS devices.

Where can I find Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) or Failures In Time (FIT) values for Pericom products?

FIT and MTBF data can be found at Pericom's Quality webpage.

Where can I find the information on your Pb-free and "Green" packaging?

Lead (Pb)-Free and Green information can be found on individual datasheets or Pb-Free & Green Page.

Where can I obtain copies of the LVDS standard?

LVDS Standard can be obtained from the Global Engineering Documents at http://global.ihs.com.