IDT The Role of Jitter in Timing Signals

This paper provides a basic tutorial on timing signal jitter for designers building electronics systems. It defines this phenomenon and describes how it is measured in different applications. As part of that process, it explains the many ways timing jitter is specified and the differences between terms such as period jitter, cycle-to-cycle jitter and absolute period jitter. It then uses some common applications, such as the use of first-in/first-out (FIFO) memory devices in data acquisition subsystems, to describe the impact of jitter and basic error detection and recovery strategies.