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|Dates||Tue 29 to Wed 30 Oct 2013|
|Subject area(s)||Electronic Engineering|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Probes and equipment used in Signal Integrity and EMC work
This course delivers practical knowledge for signal integrity design troubleshooting and verification that can be used immediately on the job. The course material contains design tips and troubleshooting techniques developed by Doug Smith, the Course Tutor, many of which are unpublished and have solved engineering problems in less than a day that were not solved by published methods with weeks or months of effort. Electronic engineers from all fields will find this course useful.
This course is part of Oxford University's High-Speed Digital Engineering Month.
The "High Frequency Measurements" course covers a broad range of topics from measurement techniques to PWB and chip package design and troubleshooting issues. The course and its many experiments tie in well with Howard Johnson's High-Speed Digital Design courses.
This course describes in depth how to measure signal and noise in high speed digital and analog circuits. These measurements are then used to characterize high speed effects in electronic circuits including design verification and troubleshooting. Sources of measurement error are discussed. The measurement techniques are related to design issues to improve signal integrity, equipment EMC performance, and improve the overall reliability of electronic systems.
These days it is very important to be able to sort through the advertising claims to use the right measurement equipment for the job.
This is especially true for active differential probes which may not be giving you accurate measurements unless you understand their design criteria. Just using a major brand does not mean the probe will work for your case, even if the advertising says it will. The result is increased cost of your designs as the effect is often a reading of noise that is significantly larger than what is in the circuit.
Emphasis is placed on delivering practical knowledge to SI and circuit designers that can be used immediately on the job. Some class time is reserved to discuss problems and interests of those attending. Each seminar delivery is modified to fit the interests of the attending students.
- Understand the subtleties and effects of high frequency measurement techniques and their application to signal integrity, system performance, and EMC
- Learn to locate and fix difficult signal quality or noise problems in a design
- Understand and apply techniques for measurement verification to ensure accurate signal measurements
- Learn about noise related reliability problems in system and board design
- Apply high frequency measurement techniques to signal integrity, operational, and EMC problems to improve the reliability of a design
- Learn good circuit design and signal integrity/EMC principles and to avoid common and unusual design problems
- Learn construction techniques for useful laboratory probes that often outperform expensive commercial probes for signal measurements
- Develop the ability to spot limitations of measurement apparatus from the "fine print" in measurement apparatus and probe specifications
Test and measurement equipment for this course is supplied by Agilent Technologies.
- Shielded cable operation
- Skin effect
- di/dt and dv/dt effects in circuit and measurements
- Null experiments to verify measurement results
- Circuit board and system level design issues
- Effects of system cables on signal transmission
- Single ended and differential
- Sources of measurement error
- Useful home built probes
Current and Magnetic Field Measurements
- Magnetic loop operation and application to signal integrity and noise problems (quite distinct from EMC uses of these probes)
- Current probe operation and application to signal integrity and noise problems
- Utilizing phase information between two current probes to debug noise problems
- Sources of error
- Useful home built probes
- Intermittent board and system level problems
- Signal integrity
- EMC problems and their relationship to signal integrity
- ESD problems and their relationship to signal integrity and system operation.
- Switching power supply induced corruption of signals far removed from the supply that result in intermittent problems
- Methods for determining if an IC package, with its accompanying parasitics, will robustly support the edge rates and clock speed of the chip inside.
- New material and demonstrations have been recently added relating to signal integrity and to reliable system operation.
All those attending will also receive a CD-ROM. The CD-ROM will contain data including the course notes in pdf format, a variety of published technical articles, an image of the course presenters technical website and a tutorial plus a Technical Tidbit audio file from the presenter's subscription website.
First day registration from 8.30am when course materials will
Refreshments from 8.30am on the first day plus two 30 minute breaks during the day and a one-hour lunch break.
The course will begin at 9.00am and end at approximately 5.00pm on each day.
Mr Douglas Smith
D. C. Smith Consultants
Mr Smith held an FCC First Class Radiotelephone license by age 16 and a General Class...more
CertificationSample certificate .
Participants who satisfy the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The pdf sample above is an illustration only, and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.
Level and demands
All circuit designers (especially those involved with signal integrity issues), design supervisors, and manufacturing test engineers.
A university-level course on circuit analysis is desirable although the course will be useful to those with two-year technical diplomas.
The course includes a combination of teaching methods including lecture, live experiments, live computer simulations, still pictures of experiments with results, and video. The combination of methods combined with Mr. Smith's enthusiastic presentation style helps the students learn and enjoy the course.
Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 3-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.
Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.
All courses are VAT exempt.
- Programme Fee
- Standard course fee: £895.00
Apply for this course
If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958
You can apply for this course in the following ways:
- Apply by post, email or fax
- PDF Application Form .