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Spring Break Webinar Series

Join DesignCon for Spring Break 2021 with a five-part webinar series presented by expert engineers from the electronics chip, board, and system industries. These free sessions will walk through use cases, propose various tools for solving a range of design problems, and expand your understanding of key engineering principles. Attendees will also hear updates on DesignCon 2021 and receive a discount code for the upcoming in-person conference.

PCB Fabrication: What SI/PI Engineers Need to Know for First Time Modeling Success

Speaker: Lambert (Bert) Simonovich, President, Lamsim Enterprises

A PCB stackup drawing is the first step in the fabrication process. A poorly designed stackup and lack of detailed fabrication notes can result in degraded signal & power integrity, manufacturability, and reliability of the finished product. Often SI/PI engineers make wrong design assumptions, leading to inaccurate modeling and simulation results. Because of this, they need to understand the PCB design and fabrication nuances to avoid pitfalls in achieving first time modeling success. This webinar will delve into the PCB design best practices that SI/PI engineers need to follow for optimum performance.

Sponsored by: Hirose Electric U.S.A. logo

400 Gbps & Beyond Optical Transceiver Design Considerations

Speakers: Sanjeev Gupta, R&D Manager, Intel and Sunil Priyadarshi, Sr. Director, Intel

Hyper-scale data centers (HSDC) typically require millions of optical transceivers, creating a huge demand for 400G/800G products. The exponential growth in data communication driven by HSDC due to cloud computing, cloud storage, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Video on Demand (VoD), 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous driving are the dictating factors for much higher bandwidth and lower power consumption. Optical transceiver design is a complex process as it requires multiple disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, optical, and firmware to come together precisely to provide the required electro-optical performance. The designer faced significant challenges in the design of 800-Gbps transceivers due to their form factor, high-speed, high power consumption, and channel density. Now that 800-Gbps transceivers are in their early sampling stage, the optical industry has already started the discussion on the next generation of optical transceivers providing a bandwidth of 1.6 Tbps and 3.2 Tbps. Designing these new generations of transceivers will require a much higher level of integration and many technological and packaging breakthroughs. This webinar will introduce the basics of optical transceivers and discuss the design consideration of 400-Gbps, 800-Gbps, and next-generation transceivers.

Sponsored by:  Anritsu logo

Power Integrity: Analyze Impedance to Improve Power Delivery, SI & EMI

Speakers: Heidi Barnes, SI and PI Applications Engineer, Keysight Technologies and Steve Sandler, Managing Director, Picotest

Power Integrity is all about delivering the appropriate power to maintain the Signal Integrity of dynamic loads. All with power delivery design margins that allow for reliable product performance. The key challenge for the PI engineer is that the dynamic load can operate from DC to GHz resulting in extreme bandwidths of power delivery and the potential for EMI. Target Impedance vs. frequency is a great tool for designing for power delivery over the full bandwidth of the dynamic load, but designers often fail to use its full benefit. This webinar will cover the basics of target impedance, and then go beyond to show the benefits of advanced impedance analysis techniques for power delivery.

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Controlling the Waves: A Field-based Perspective on High-speed PCB Design

Speaker: Daniel Beeker, Senior Principal Engineer, NXP

Good signal integrity and EMC start with a good PCB design philosophy. It is critical for design engineers to understand the behavior of EM fields. Proper design of the spaces these fields follow through the board is critical. Creating transmission lines that will meet the needs of the PDN and the fast switching ICs in today’s high-performance products can be a challenge. There are certain questions that need to be answered to define the PCB geometry that will lead to a successful design. This webinar will present an easy to understand science-based approach for PCB design.

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OEM Roundup 2021: The New ADAS

Speaker: Danny Kim, Director of Advisory Services, VSI Labs

In its OEM Roundup last year, VSI reported that automotive OEMs pushed hard to debut new and improved L2+ ADAS systems utilizing improved software algorithms, additional sensors, and more scalable platforms. A few OEMs seemed to be interested in demonstrating L3 reliability in their new systems, while most others were enhancing features of their L2+ systems. While six levels of driving automation reveal that the biggest gap is between Level 2 and 3, OEMs are pushing to market L2+ and L2++ systems, namely "The New ADAS." This webinar will investigate the latest trends and systems in OEMs’ consumer ADAS as we look further into 2021 in lieu of the industry extending the definition of L2+ to embrace a certain configuration of ADAS systems hosting additional key enabling components.

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Back-to-School Webinar Series

Join DesignCon and Design News in this fall 2020 Back-to-School webinar series presented by expert engineers from the electronics chip, board, and system industries. These sessions walk through several use cases, illustrate how to use various tools to solve a range of design problems, present practical workshops, and provide attendees an understanding of why some design looks good on paper but fails once implemented.

Beginner's Guide to RF & Microwave PCB Design

Speaker: Ben Jordan, President,

Learn the basics of RF board layout and how to visualize the elements available and build and test using desktop prototyping gear. We will cover transmission line structure and elements, evaluation skills, PCB antennas, and Smith charting tools.

Open-Source Software Tools for Signal Integrity

Speaker: Peter Pupalaikis, Vice President, Advanced Technology Development, Teledyne LeCroy

Learn the Python-based open-source software tool called SignalIntegrity, which is ideal for calculating single-ended or mixed-mode s-parameters of interconnected networks, frequency and time-domain de-embedding, and linear simulation of systems.

The Hidden Challenges in 112-Gb Channel Design & Modeling

Speakers: Alex Manukovsky, Technical Lead, SI/PI Team, Intel; Roee Bloch, Senior Staff Hardware Engineering Lead, Marvell Semiconductor; Shai Sayfan Altman, Senior Application Engineer, ANSYS

Learn manufacturing aspects to consider while designing a 112-Gb channel, including an introduction to robust channel design practices and the common pitfalls in the BKM's used today across the industry in design and modeling of high-speed channels.

Current Distribution, Resistance & Inductance in Power Connectors

Speakers: Adam Gregory, Signal Integrity Engineer, Samtec; Clement Luk, Signal Integrity Engineer, Samtec

Learn why layered metal in power connector pins impact low and high frequency inductance and resistance differently, and why current distribution and noise coupling varies with pin assignment and layout of connected boards.

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PCB Material Characterization with One Measurement

Speakers: Jason Ellison, Senior Staff Signal Integrity Engineer, Amphenol; Michael Rowlands, Signal Integrity Engineer, Amphenol

Discover the usefulness of an already useful de-embedding technology to extract material properties with just one measurement, saving valuable time when evaluating test vehicles and debugging unusual results.

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Far More than Buzzwords: Evolving AI and ML from Infancy

March 10, 2022

AI is getting adopted across multiple industries, from healthcare to aerospace.

Welcome Home: DesignCon Returns to Santa Clara, Calif., in April

March 8, 2022

DesignCon, the premier high-speed communications and system design conference returns to its home at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif., with technical paper sessions, tutorials, industry panels, product demos, and exhibits April 5-7, 2022.

Advancing High-Speed Communications with Amphenol at DesignCon

February 14, 2022

Amphenol is bolstering the refinement and delivery of new-age technology for end-to-end communications networks.

Memory for Advanced Designs

February 26, 2020

Storage and memory are key elements in system design. The movement to chiplets and high-performance AI accelerators are driving demand for high bandwidth memory solutions.

Jitter Analysis with an Oscilloscope

February 10, 2020

All serial data streams have some jitter where the timing of bit edges differs from the ideal. With serval types of jitter composing a signal’s total jitter, you need to know which forms of jitter reduce bit-error-ratio. Oscilloscopes can decompose jitter and let you see which forms limit data transmissions.

The Future of Signal and Power Integrity Designs

January 30, 2020

Istvan Novak from Samtec and Engineer of the Year at DesignCon 2020 sat down with Design News to answer technical and show questions from over the last 20 years.

Checking in to DesignCon

December 9, 2019

For any engineer or technologist focused on high-speed communications, DesignCon is the center of the universe.

DesignCon 2020 Showcases New Design Tools, Continuing Education, and Career Development

January 28, 2020

One of the most valuable aspects of DesignCon isn’t the panels, discussions, and presentations that provide continuing education on upcoming advancements in technology, but networking with other engineers who are in attendance.

DesignCon 2020 25th Anniversary Highlights

February 6, 2020

DesignCon celebrated its 25th anniversary and we were happy to be part of it. Follow Judy Warner through the conference and see the highlights in this video.

Market Research

5G in Manufacturing

This report is a study of the status of 5G in the manufacturing sector and provides an overview of this technology from a purely industrial perspective.

Automotive IC Market Forecast with Strongest CAGR Through 2024

June 17, 2020

Automotive IC segment to show robust average annual growth but still hold less than a 10% share in 2024. Communications and Computer segments remain largest applications.

Worldwide 5G Network Infrastructure Spending to Almost Double in 2020

July 28, 2020

Investments in 5G network infrastructure to reach 21.3% of total wireless infrastructure.