As the speed and resolution of converters have increased, the demand for a more efficient digital interface has increased. The industry began to address this with the JESD204 serialized data interface. The interface specification has continued to evolve to offer a better and faster way to transmit data between converters and FPGAs (or ASICs).
Looking to the future of converter digital interfaces, it is clear that JESD204 is poised to become the industry choice for the digital interface to converters. Each revision has answered the demands for improvements on its implementation and has allowed the standard to evolve to meet new requirements brought on by changes in converter technology. As system designs become more complex and converter performance pushes higher, the JESD204 standard should be able to adapt and evolve to continue to meet the new design requirements necessary.
There are many advantages that JESD204 brings to the table. Designers need not fear new and expensive tools. With the creation of low-cost development tools, such as the Analog Devices Linux JESD204B Eyescan software, system design implementation can be realized with a low burden rate on the engineering team. Using tools such as these, along with the modeling capabilities provided by the IBIS-AMI models, designers can easily migrate to this new interface without a large expense in time or cost. State-of-the-art systems with