High Speed Design


Let MindShare Bring High-Speed Design to Life for You

The speed of today's logic devices mandates that the interconnect on PCBs must meet the high switching rise/fall times of these devices. Switching edges are in the 200ps to 300ps range and some devices have edges that reach 17ps. This results in high-speed design problems such as:

  • A lack of control over impedance and reflections
  • Crosstalk and bypassing failures
  • Time delays, false triggering and reflections
  • Failure to meet EMI and FCC requirements

It is the edge rate, more than frequency, which exacerbates high-speed design challenges. Even if your design is of moderate frequency, the edge rates can cause your design to exhibit high-speed effects.

MindShare Courses On High-Speed Design:

Course Name

Virtual Classroom

High-Speed Design
3 days
High-Speed Design and EMI/EMC for Mobile Platforms
3 days
Advanced High-Speed Design
3 days
High-Speed Design for non-EEs
3 days

All of MindShare's classroom and virtual classroom courses can be customized to fit the needs of your group.

High-Speed Design Course Info

You Will Learn:

  • How to cost effectively design and layout a high-speed PCB without sacrificing signal integrity
  • How to comply with Signal Integrity (SI) & EMI standards
  • Cookbook design rules that ensure your PCB will function properly in the prototype stage

Course Length: 3 days

Who Should Attend?

  • Digital logic engineers and system architects
  • EMC specialists
  • Technicians
  • PCB layout professionals
  • IC designers
  • Applications Engineers
  • Engineering and project Managers

Course Outline:

  • High-Speed Fundamentals
  • High-Speed Properties of Logic Gates
  • Measurement Techniques
  • Transmission Lines
  • Terminations
  • Vias
  • Ground Planes and Layer Stacking
  • Power Systems
  • Connectors & Cables
  • Buses
  • Clock Distribution

Recommended Prerequisites:

Basic knowledge of ICs, high-speed designs and PCB layouts. No advanced math is required though attendees will find it helpful to bring a scientific calculator to the course.

Supplied Materials:

Textbook: "High-Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic" by Howard Johnson, Ph.D. and Martin Graham, Ph. D., plus a hard copy of class notes.