Advanced Topics for EMC Control

Course summary

  • Thu 15 Jun 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017
  • Oxford
  • From £995.00
  • Course code O16C694H6Y
  • Closed to new applications

Advanced Topics for EMC Control


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This seminar is intended for those who have either already taken the “Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design for Real World EMI Control” or has experience in EMI/EMC Design.  The seminar will present advanced topics to help the attendee understand the physics of the EMC effects without a lot of maths.  A wide variety of trade-off analysis will be presented to help the attendee apply these concepts immediately on real-world design projects.

High speed signal design has created a host of new EMC issues to solve and often the more traditional approaches to EMC design will not solve the issues.  This seminar will cover a variety of new technologies to help control these high speed signal issues, without a lot of added cost to the product design.  For example, alternatives to traditional shielding using absorbing materials and using Electromagnetic Band Gap Filters to filter common mode noise from high speed differential signals are examples of the new technologies available to designers.  A deep-dive into the PCB decoupling capacitor performance and design issues will be presented using both time and frequency domain concepts.

Programme details

Course content

PCB Decoupling

  • Deep Dive into the decoupling capacitor performance based on capacitor location, capacitance value and mounting configurations with design curves to show the various effects on performance
  • Analyzing decoupling capacitor design strategies in both time and frequency domain
  • Understanding what the IC current requirements are and if the decoupling strategy will meet those requirements, or possibly be significant over design, again, in both time and frequency domain.

Alternatives to traditional EMI/EMC Shielding

  • Using multiple layer shields
  • Using absorbing materials and how to determine the material characteristics required for various applications, such as enclosures, air vents, heat sinks, cable coating.

EMI/EMC common mode noise issues from high speed differential signals

  • Cable issues/solutions
  • Connector issues/solutions
  • PCB design techniques to help control the creation of common mode noise

Using electromagnetic Band Gap (EBG) filters to control common mode noise from high speed differential signals

  • How to design an EBG filter
  • Removable vs motherboard EBG design alternatives

Understanding loop inductance and partial inductance

  • When is the partial inductance concepts useful?
  • How to make meaningful calculations that are useful in the real-world

Using software tools to help analyze designs before, during and after the design process

  • Different tools are useful for different phases of the design
  • Using automated design rule checkers
  • Rules of thumb and how to update them when necessary


Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford Certificate of Attendance. The sample shown is an illustration only and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview 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.


Course fee, standard: £995.00
Course fee, with book: £1115.00
Discount package fee (add PCB Design): £1791.00
Discount package with books (add PCB design): £2011.00


Standard Course fee (course only)

  • Advanced Topics for EMC Control 

Fee: £995.00


Course fee, with book 

  • Advanced Topics for EMC Control 
  • Book: 'EMI/EMC Computational Modelling Handbook’ by Dr Bruce Archambeault

Fee: £1115.00


Discount package fee (add PCB Design course)

  • Advanced Topics for EMC Control  course
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design for Real-World EMI Control course

Fee: £1791.00 (savings of £199)


Discount package with books (add PCB Design course)

  • Advanced Topics for EMC Control  course
  • Book: ‘EMI/EMC Computational Modelling Handbook’ by Dr Bruce Archambeault
  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design for Real-World EMI Control course
  • Book: ‘Printed Circuit Board Design for Real-World EMI Control’ by Dr Bruce Archambeault

Fee: £2011.00 (savings of £199)

In the event of cancellation of one course, you will receive a refund of the discounted fee for that particular course. Your registration on the remaining course will not be affected.


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Dr Bruce Archambeault


Archambeault EMI Enterprises, USA

Dr. Bruce Archambeault received his B.S.E.E degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1977 and his M.S.E.E degree from Northeastern University in 1981. He received his Ph. D. from the University of New Hampshire in 1997. His doctoral research was in the area of computational electromagnetics applied to real-world EMC problems.

In 1981 he joined Digital Equipment Corporation and through 1994 he had assignments ranging from EMC/TEMPEST product design and testing to developing computational electromagnetic EMC-related software tools. In 1994 he joined SETH Corporation where he continued to develop computational electromagnetic EMC-related software tools and used them as a consulting engineer in a variety of different industries.

He recently retired from IBM in Raleigh, N.C. where he was a Senior member of Technical Staff, and a lead EMC engineer, responsible for EMC tool development and use on a variety of products. During his career in the U.S. Air Force he was responsible for in-house communications security and TEMPEST/EMC related research and development projects.

Dr. Archambeault has authored or co-authored a number of papers in computational electromagnetics, mostly applied to real-world EMC applications. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors on the IEEE EMC Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES).

He is the author of the book titled PCB Design for Real-World EMI Control and the lead author of the book titled EMI/EMC Computational Modeling Handbook. Dr. Archambeault is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE EMC Society and a Master EMC Design Engineer, certified by iNARTE (International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics).


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Course Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286958

Level and demands

This course is for:

  • Digital Engineers
  • EMC specialists
  • EMC engineers
  • Digital logic designers
  • System architects
  • Design managers
  • Printed circuit layout professionals
  • Applications engineers
  • Anyone who works with digital logic at high speeds (20 MHz to 20 GHz and beyond)

If you're uncertain whether this course is suitable for your requirements, please email us with any questions you may have.