SIEMC Pro Tune Up Class

Pro Tune Up is a one day Signal Integrity, Power Integrity, and Electro-Magnetic Interference Control class that gives the student a well rounded explanation of proper high speed system design.

The purpose of the class is to teach the design methods and validation strategies necessary to assure first time success when implementing modern systems that would typically include, DDR3 / 4, SERDES, LVDS, PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 1,2,3, Analog / Digital / RF, Switching Power Supplies, etc.

Pro Tune Up is based on a design methodology developed by a major telecommunications company which has been documented over multiple years and thousands of designs to produce “right the first time” results 99% of the time. “Right the first time” means the systems work correctly at full speed, they are reliable, they have clearly defined manufacturing margins, and they are quiet enough to pass FCC & CISPR radiated emissions tests on the first try!
Target Audience: Electrical Engineers, FPGA Designers, EMC Certification Engineers and CAD Layout Designers responsible for implementing high speed digital and mixed analog digital systems.

SERDES 4 Via vs Frequency

If you look at all SERDES via's as perfectly matched differential paths with 64 bit accuracy, you will gloss over some very troubling real world issues. If you accept the argument that the SERDES signal is really complimentary single ended and not true differential, this video will help you avoid a number of problems.

PCIe 3 Connector Layout

Many implementation guides recommend cutting back the layer 2 ground plane under the 28 mil connector fingers in order to make the fat finger look like a lower impedance by referencing a plane further down in the stack. If you have plenty of design margin, the is fine with me. If you are coming up with ghost errors or worse, this video will explain the side effects of that strategy and suggest an alternative strategy without the nasty side effects.

Valid High Speed System Design Methods --> Right the First Time Results!

If you establish an appropriate high speed digital system design process based on real physics, you have an excellent chance of building a fully functional, ready to ship, Digital-Analog-RF Systems on the first try.
If you are doubtful about how a circuit actually works or if you do not understand the electrical effect of PCB layout decisions, you will probably have one or more unplanned "I hope it works!" board spins before you can actually ship your product.
If you ask your cost accountant about the real cost of an unplanned board spin, he will probably give you a figure around $50,000 per spin.

I offer four main services to help your design team understand how to build modern high speed digital systems that work right the first time....every time.

1. Face to Face Training Classes
2. Web Based Training
3. On line tutorials
4. Consulting

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