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Generate PAM4 signals for receiver compliance testing

PAM4 signals, with their three eyes and small voltage levels make receiver tests a challenge. Changing eye height and adding impairments lets you Read More...

10 interesting products from IEEE EMC 2016

Arturo Mediano reports on products demonstrated at the 2016 IEEE EMC Symposium in Ottawa. Read More...

How much mode conversion is too much?: Rule of Thumb #32

Differential to common-mode conversion as miniscule as -60dB can cause EMC test failure. Read how to improve your odds. Read More...

How much common current is too much?: Rule of Thumb #31

Watch out for the EMC failure mode caused by mere microamps. Read More...

Key high-speed connector layout techniques

Learn some PCB layout techniques to improve high-speed connector performance. Read More...

What is the resonant frequency of a cavity?: Rule of Thumb #30

Cavity resonances in PCBs are easily overlooked, and can result in crosstalk and EMI. Read More...

What is the spatial extent of an edge?: Rule of Thumb #29

If you really want to build your engineering intuition about signal integrity, the most important principle you can apply is the Zen approach, “be Read More...

Transmitter FFE makes the channel do the work

Transmitter FFE tricks the channel into doing its own equalizing. Read More...

Near-field scanners let you see EMI

EMI scanners can display the spectral and special view of a circuit's emissions. From those plots, you can quickly see how circuit changes affect Read More...

IBIS-AMI for rocket scientists

Verification of high-speed serial links has become a major challenge for many satellite OEMs wanting to offer the benefits of high-throughput digital Read More...

Fix poor capacitor, inductor, and DC/DC impedance measurements

Improved measurement technique extends the range and improves the accuracy over standard S-parameters. Read More...

Workshop shows off test and measurement equipment

The Keysight Technologies TestDrive workshop shows you how to get measurements such as power integrity, power consumption, and RF spectrum, but has Read More...

Right-angle test cables span DC to 27 GHz

Flexible test cables from Pasternack come with right-angle SMA, Type-N, and TNC connectors offering a low-profile design to fit tight spaces. Read More...

Don’t confuse PAM4 SER and BER

Keep your eyes open for subtlety because PAM4 signal quality is measured by SER, not BER. Read More...

The 2016 EMC Symposium is coming

Engineers will gather in Ottawa, Canada for the anual IEEE EMC Symposium. Here's what to expect. Read More...

What is the aspect ratio for 50Ω stripline?: Rule of Thumb #28

All 50Ω symmetric striplines in FR4 have the same aspect ratio. Read More...

What good is state-of-the-art high-speed electronics without good connectivity?

We often tend to forget about connectors and cables when we discuss the amazing speeds and bandwidths in today’s systems. Read More...

Designing in ESD ruggedness

If you didn't get to the ESD panel at DesignCon, learn about some of the techniques we discussed for designing, testing, and debugging products. Read More...

Is copper dead?

For years, engineers at DesignCon have asked this question. Eric Bogatin and other will discuss the future of copper at a DesignCon 2016 panel Read More...

Target impedance, rogue waves: tales from the experts

DesignCon is the place to be for PDN issues. Don’t Miss this ALL STAR panel of PDN experts at DesignCon: Target Impedance and Rogue Waves Read More...

Profiles in Design: Pat Byrne, Tektronix

"Engineering is practical problem solving in service of great breakthroughs."–Pat Byrne, keynote speaker at DesignCon 2016 shares his thoughts on Read More...

How to prevent capacitor failures

Have you ever had one of your designs return from manufacturing test or customer usage due to power delivery issues? It's time to talk about how to Read More...

Accurate AMI Analysis – Whose Responsibility Is It?

All parties must learn how to quickly sanity check an AMI model by performing tests such as isolating and sweeping through the transfer functions of Read More...

New exhibitors preview DesignCon demos

A quick look at what some new exhibitors will be bringing to the DesignCon 2016 expo this year. Read More...

Make sense of high-frequency test methods

What high frequency test methods are available and how do their results compare over frequencies up to 110 GHz? Read More...

DesignCon Preview: Exhibitors plan demos and training for attendees

Take a look at what some of the DesignCon 2016 exhibitors have planned for this year's conference. Read More...

Profiles in Design: Al Eisaian

Don’t be afraid of failure, be afraid of NOT trying! says Al Eisaian, engineer, entrepreneur, and DesignCon keynote speaker. Read More...

Mentor or be mentored at speed networking

Chat engineering careers, network, share your knowledge and gain some new in just 5 minutes at UBM’s annual Mentor Meet-Up at DesignCon. Read More...

Vote for the Engineer of the Year!

Time for you to cast your vote for the DesignCon Engineer of the Year. Read More...

Celebrate an Engineer!

It’s time to nominate a deserving engineer for the DesignCon Engineer of the Year, which will be awarded at DesignCon 2016. Read More...

Memories of Steve Weir

Last week, the signal-integrity community was left stunned when we heard about the death of Steve Weir. Read More...

DesignCon 2016 registration opens

DesignCon 2016 has opened its virtual doors and registration has begun! Read More...

DesignCon 2016 opens call for papers

It’s time to sharpen your virtual pencils and submit your ideas for next year’s DesignCon. If your work concerns signal integrity, power Read More...

Power electronics rise at DesignCon

What’s so special about DesignCon? With a 20-year history behind it, DesignCon is a conference that inspires fierce loyalty and commitment from its Read More...

GaN pumps power revolution

Those who say 'don’t bet against mainstream silicon CMOS technology' haven’t heard what’s going on in gallium nitride. Read More...

Backplanes hit a wall at 56G

Backplane-based systems are hitting a wall at 56 Gbit/second speeds, driving a debate over a need for new materials, signaling, and equalization, Read More...

DesignCon 2015 in photos

Celebrating 20 years, DesignCon 2015 looks back at its history and forward at what lies ahead for the high-speed communications and semiconductor Read More...

10 standards for effective tech standards

Synopsys' Karen Bartleson discusses the sometimes unwelcome standards process and how engineers are can benefit from participation in it. Read More...

Top design and test products recognized at DesignCon

At DesignCon 2015, the Best in Design & Test Product Awards recognized the best products at the chip, board, and system level, with an emphasis on Read More...

DesignCon names Mike Steinberger Engineer of the Year

From communications analysis to IC design to microwave to software and more, Mike Steinberger has done a lot in his more than 30-year career. He Read More...

Fried cable sparked EE profession

The electrical engineering profession was sparked in the late 1800s by a fried transatlantic telegraph cable, said a DesignCon keynoter and Stanford Read More...

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