High Speed Signal Layout Training

From the beginnings of electronic design, circuits and systems have been divided into bodies of knowledge: RF (Radio Frequency) and non-RF, such as power, analog, and digital design. This was a fair practice because the signals on the PCB were low in frequency. But, as the signals' frequency is now pushed into the hundreds of megahertz and gigahertz ranges, the line separating RF and non-RF no longer holds. Without considering signal propagation from an RF perspective, it isn't easy to get HS (high-speed) designs to work.

This course is designed to help the PCB designer understand the why and how of HS signal propagation by explaining signal propagation from an RF perspective. Typical problems in board layout are discussed and analyzed, and instructions on proper techniques to remedy said problems facilitate the maximum success of signal propagation.

Here is the high-level Table of Content of the course:

  • Concepts
  • What does "high-speed" design really mean?
  • PCB stackup
  • What is the dielectric constant, and why does it matter?
  • Velocity of propagation
  • Group delay
  • Problem areas
  • Solutions
  • Summary

Course Agenda

The length of training varies based on the level of knowledge being sought and if hands-on experience is being requested. Though we do not have formal exercises designed for these training topics, we can focus on crafting a training/consulting program specific to your company's needs.

Based on past experiences, the following lengths of time are recommended: 3 to 4 days.

We want to share our videos of the 3-part webinar series on "Practical High-Speed Signal Layout." You will get a glimpse of the instructor's teaching style and knowledge on the topic. The following video is part-1 of the series titled "Enough with high-speed theory already. Give me something real!"


Watch Part 1, 2 & 3

We have additional information on each webinar video, along with the valuable Q&A documents that came out of the live webinar sessions.

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