High Speed Signal Layout Training

From the very 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 frequency of the signals are now pushed into the hundreds of megahertz and gigahertz ranges, the line separating RF and non-RF no longer holds true. Without taking signal propagation from an RF perspective into consideration, it is very difficult to get HS (high speed) designs to work.

This course is designed to help the PCB designer understand the why, what and how of HS signal propagation by explaining signal propagation from an RF perspective. Typical problems in board layout are discussed and analyzed along with instructions on proper techniques to remedy said problems in order to 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 dielectric constant and why does it matter?
  • Velocity of propagation
  • Group delay
  • Problem areas
  • Solutions
  • Summary

Course Agenda

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 the efforts on crafting a training/consulting program that is 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 the 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 of the webinar videos along with the valuable Q&A documents that came out of the live webinar sessions.

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