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EMC, SI, and PI Unplugged: Bridging the Education Gap Between Theory and Practice

Updated: 7 days ago

Are you looking to become the next SI/PI Guru? Do you want to become an expert VNA user? What about becoming an SI/PI/EMC simulation expert using Keysight ADS? Or even a whiz at using oscilloscopes to troubleshoot your circuits in signal integrity, power integrity, and EMC? Do you want to be known as the EMC problem-solving wizard?


At Signal Edge Solutions, we offer a wealth of training to help your engineering team succeed. Whether you’re a seasoned engineer or just starting out, our training programs can help you become proficient in various aspects of SI, PI, and EMC. Here’s an overview of the topics covered:


Let’s dive into the fascinating world of signal integrity (SI), power integrity (PI), and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) training offered by Signal Edge Solutions. As experts in these fields, we provide real-world solutions for your most challenging SI/PI/EMC applications. A list of the topics our SI/PI/EMC courses cover can be found below.


A Signal Edge Solutions On-site Training session

Figure 1 - Depiction of Signal Edge Solutions On-site Training


Power Integrity (PI)

  • Understanding power integrity and its importance.

  • Managing power integrity in modern ASICs and FPGAs.

  • Die modeling and advanced package design considerations.

  • How do we determine our target impedance when it is not provided.

  • EM/Co-simulation with advanced packaging and ASIC die models

  • Target impedance for PCB designs.

  • VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) modeling and transient response analysis.

  • Buck converter design, stability, loop compensation, and flat impedance PDN (Power Delivery Network) design.

  • Cascaded VRM modeling and PDN analysis.

  • 2-port shunt-thru impedance measurement.

  • What is the stability of VRM and power supply design?

  • Non-invasive stability measurement techniques.

  • Tricks to improve your voltage ripple and transient response in your power supply design.

  • PSRR (Power Supply Rejection Ratio) measurements using oscilloscopes.

  • How can I improve my power supply design?

  • How can I improve my power supplies' transient response?

  • How do I design a PDN for 2000A?

  • EM extractions in ADS using PIPro.

  • Setting up EM extractions with a defined frequency plan for PI analysis.

  • Modeling crosstalk from the PDN (Power Distribution Network) to sensitive circuits.

  • DC drop and electrothermal analysis.

  • Introduction to a Sandler State-Space Average VRM Model.

  • Advanced modeling using the Sandler State-Space Average VRM Model.

  • How to create the fitted spice model in ADS

  • How to measure a VRM output impedance with the 2-port shunt-thru method.

  • How to create fitted VRM spice models from measurement.

  • How to do PSRR measurements on VRM or power supply.

a visual representation of a large signal phenomena from a step load

Figure 2 - Depiction of a Large Signal Phenomena from a Step Load


Signal Integrity (SI)

  • Small signal vs. large signal modeling and measurements.

  • Understanding S-parameters.

  • Cascaded VRM design in Keysight ADS (Advanced Design System).

  • Power supply crosstalk modeling.

  • Creating fitted spice models in ADS.

  • Channel simulation for SerDes (Serializer/Deserializer) and DDRx (Double Data Rate) interfaces.

  • Power-aware SI simulation.

  • DDRx simulation.

  • COM (Channel Operating Margin) simulation.

  • IBIS models: How to check, use, and edit.

  • Copper roughness modeling for high-speed signals.

  • TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) modeling.

  • Via design considerations.

  • Pulse response analysis.

  • ODT (On-Die Termination) training.

  • EQ (Equalization), DFE (Decision Feedback Equalization), and CTLE (Continuous-Time Linear Equalization).

  • EM extractions in ADS using SIPro and RFPro.

  • Setting up EM extractions with a defined frequency plan for SI analysis.


Eye diagrams for a Chiplet IBIS model simulation

Figure 3 - Depiction of eye diagrams for a Chiplet IBIS model simulation


Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

General Topics

  • Understanding causality and passivity.

  • Ground bounce measurements using an MXO 5 oscilloscope.

  • Ground loops and multi-channel oscilloscope and VNA measurements.

  • PSRR Measurements with an Oscilloscope and VNAs.

  • PSRR measurements - achieving a good measurement noise floor.

  • Small signal vs. large signal modeling and measurements - Why do you care?

  • DC blocks when they needed? Do I care about probe loading?

  • How fast is GaN? What bandwidth and probes are needed for measurements?

  • Measurement tricks with Near-field probes using an oscilloscope

  • Ground bounce measurements with an oscilloscope.

  • Ground loops with Multi-channel Oscilloscope measurements - Do you care?

  • When to use harmonic balance vs. transient simulations.


a depiction of an end-to-end power integrity simulation with a VRM+PCB+PKG+DIE

Figure 4 - Depiction of an end-to-end power integrity simulation with a VRM+PCB+PKG+DIE


Our training programs are designed to equip engineers with practical skills, whether you’re working on high-speed digital designs, power delivery networks, or electromagnetic compatibility. Feel free to bring your problems to us, and we’ll guide you through the solutions! If you’d like more information, visit our website or contact us directly at info@signaledgesolutions.com. 🚀🔌📡


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