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New test products at DesignCon 2016

Test & measurement is a significant part of DesignCon. Here are some new products, with live video demonstrations from the exhibit hall. Read More...

Find the settings and open the eyes

OptimEye from SiSoft reduces the laborious task of optimizing serial transmitters and receivers. Read More...

PCB products and talks at DesignCon 2016

DesignCon is high-speed heaven for engineers, exhibitors, and customers. Here are a few PCB-related items for your perusal that I took in while there. Read More...

Teardown: Misfit Shine 2 and the art of power management

At DesignCon 2016, the Misfit Shine 2 Fitness + Sleep monitor went under the knife, exposing the latest in low-power technology, processes, and power Read More...

DesignCon 2016: 4 unexpected things

DesignCon 2016 was full of the usual high-speed signals, but these were things you wouldn’t expect to see there. Read More...

PAM4 challenges at DesignCon 2016

With the last word on PAM4, panel looks at how PAM4 will affect simulation, bench measurements, and production test. Read More...

DesignCon 2016 in photos

DesignCon 2016 offered technical sessions, teardowns, mentoring sessions, a trivia challenge, and much more. See what you may have missed at the Read More...

DesignCon 2016 book signing with engineering icons

Some of the best minds in our industry gathered at DesignCon for a book signing. Read More...

Mentoring the next generation

At DesignCon, a group of seasoned engineers met to help pass the baton to the next generation in a speed-mentoring event. Read More...

Eric Bogatin: Meet DesignCon’s Engineer of the Year

Engineer and educator Eric Bogatin has been attending DesignCon from the beginning and this year he was voted the DesignCon Engineer of the Year. Read More...

NI’s enhanced version of VirtualBench on display at DesignCon

Developers have taken bench-top equipment to a whole new level with the latest, high-performance model of VirtualBench. Read More...

DesignCon Panel Highlights 25G, PAM4

The annual DesignCon "Closed Eye" panel highlighted what's happening with PAM4 modulation and its integration with Ethernet. Read More...

Reducing noise in PDN at DesignCon

A crowd of DesignCon attendees gathered to learn more about PDNs and noise reduction techniques. Read More...

From failure to innovation: A story of engineering success

Al Eisaian is no stranger to failure. It’s what has made him a successful engineer and entrepreneur. Read More...

Test challenges for PAM4 signals

PAM4 encoding is a fairly complex modulation scheme, so it should be no surprise that it presents some test and measurement challenges. Read More...

PAM4 test setups vary with applications

This article examines some of the ways PAM4 is finding application in the real world and what test and measurement setups might look like for those Read More...

The fundamentals of PAM4

A modulation scheme that's gaining favor in many quarters is PAM4, and in this post we'll look at the basics of PAM4 before turning to the test and Read More...

Tech Trivia Quiz: Can we stump you?

Think you know your tech trivia? Test your knowledge at this DesignCon session and, perhaps, walk away with a prize. Read More...

Low-power Misfit wearable exposed at DesignCon 2016

The Shine 2 fitness and sleep tracker from Misfit goes under the knife at DesignCon next week as we almost criminally sacrifice a work of art in the 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...

Analyzing closed eyes: CRJ and CDJ

Eyes closed at high data rates, one way to analyze them is to remove the biggest cause of eye closure and see what’s left over. 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...

EE Times radio show January 15: PAM4 modulation

Join test & measurement editor Martin Rowe and signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens to learn about how PAM4 modulation just might change the game 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...

The tradeoff between crosstalk and loss

How emerging high speed specifications provide designers flexibility in how they balance loss and crosstalk. Read More...

Top ten cynical tech realizations of 2015

Did you really think I wouldn't write a "top ten" article? Well, at least the entries are properly numbered, from 9 to 0, of course. Read More...

It’s Not Jitter, It’s Noise

Intersymbol interference occurs when symbols overlap with each other. 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...

Oscilloscope software enables PAM4 measurements

Software from Keysight Technologies lets you measure PAM4 signals for parameters such as jitter and eye opening. Read More...

Your DesignCon 2016 dance card isn’t complete without…

The annual design enginEEring con is equal parts reunion and party and there’s a conference, too. Read More...

Calibrate power supplies and improve signal quality

Basic voltage and current measurements won't tell you everything you need to know about a power supply's output voltage and current. Read More...

Killer ESD tamed at DesignCon panel

Don't miss the ESD (electrostatic discharge) panel at DesignCon where we'll discuss design, mitigation, and debugging with an ESD slant. Read More...

Measure frequency response on an oscilloscope

Through signal processing, you can use an oscilloscope to transform a signal captured in the time domain and display it in the frequency domain. 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...

DesignCon2016: Prepare for the PAM4 phase shift

The shift from baseband NRZ to PAM4 provides the opportunity to leap to the edge and DesignCon2016 will get you there. 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...

2D semiconductors take aim at optical communications

Developments in the lab offer glimpses of a technology that could change the future of high-performance optical links. Read More...

PAM4: A new measurement science

PAM4 modulation adds a complexity to serial data communications. Measuring its characteristics is a learning experience in progress. Read More...

Simulation software gets PAM4 capability

Keysight's ADS software joins others in using IBIS-AMI models to simulate PAM4 signaling over SerDes transmission channels. 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...

Test AOCs during design and production

With data rates for consumer products now at 10 Gbits/s, optical cables are moving out of the datacenter and into the home. Testing throughout design Read More...

Jitter & noise test lab opens in Silicon Valley

JitterLabs provides testing at its facility and can produce reports from your facility through its Web-based software. Read More...

Optimize equalization for FFE, CTLE, DFE, and crosstalk

Equalization rescues BER, but optimizing your Eq design at both the transmitter and receiver can be tricky. Read More...

Get consistent differential interconnect measurements

Differential interconnect loss measurements made by PCB manufacturers and those you make in your lab can differ. A new test fixture minimizes those Read More...

How can we improve SoC communication capabilities?

While the transition to these high speeds by devices is still in the future, there is market pressure to increase the data communication capabilities Read More...

Review: Picotest J2150A harmonic comb generator

Picotest has just introduced a very unique harmonic comb generator (Picotest calls it a harmonic injector) that’s not only designed to reveal 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...

Rambus takes noise monitoring on chip

Rambus unveils an on-chip noise monitor to improve quality and reduce time-to-market of complex SoCs. Read More...

TE touts 40G serial PAM4 direct attached cable

Ahead of planned panel discussions and sessions on the topic, TE Connectivity has announced a 40G serial PAM4 direct attached cable among its Read More...

Techniques to ensure signal integrity

DesignCon's track 14 covers signal integrity analysis techniques for interconnects and passive components of digital and RF/microwave systems as well Read More...

DesignCon celebrates test and measurement

Get familiar with advancements in measurement techniques for all aspects of signal and power integrity, with an emphasis on understanding the Read More...

Signal integrity testing with a VNA

How important are RF connectors and how do you characterize signal integrity on a VNA? Read More...

Demystify electromagnetic compatibility

This DesignCon track raises the awareness and the impact for design and systems engineers in order to mitigate possible issues in the early design Read More...

Get a handle on power integrity in complex designs

DesignCon's 11th track addresses power regulation in terms of power distribution network design, modeling, and analysis on boards, packages, and Read More...

Leverage high-speed signal processing

Leverage high-speed signal processing for equalization and coding at DesignCon with this track covering design, modeling, analysis, and Read More...

DesignCon after hours: Local attractions

Wondering what to do before/after DesignCon sessions and expo? Check out this list of local area attractions. Read More...

Detect and mitigate jitter and noise at DesignCon

This DesignCon conference track will offer insights on how to detect and mitigate jitter, crosstalk, and noise, and discuss the causes of errors. Read More...

Tips to optimize high-speed serial design

Papers and presentations at DesignCon 2015 address critical areas of high-speed design. Here’s a preview of some of them. Read More...

4 young engineers to know

Get to know these 4 young engineers who excel with their enthusiasm and accomplishments. Read More...

Get a closer look at parallel and DDR interfaces

Want the latest design techniques to meet the performance requirements for chip-to-chip interfaces? Check out this DesignCon track. Read More...

Dine well at DesignCon

If you’re looking for good grub in the vicinity of DesignCon 2015, there are plenty of options and lots of different cuisine for whatever you Read More...

Materials and fabrication affect electrical performance

DesignCon conference track looks at the effect of materials and fabrication on electrical properties and performance, here are some papers not to Read More...

PCB design tools track covers DDR4, differential crosstalk at DesignCon

This DesignCon track explores effective high-speed design and design choices using a wide range of E-M modeling techniques, PCB characterization Read More...

Conference forum addresses test & measurement challenges

Highlights from the upcoming Keysight Education Forum at DesignCon 2015. Read More...

S-parameter puzzles for engineers

Every engineer loves technical puzzles. If you also are familiar with S-parameters, what could be more exciting than S-parameter puzzles? Read More...

DesignCon brings chip, package and board modeling together

This DesignCon track covers a broad range of topics addressing design-oriented modeling simulation and analysis for cost-effective power and signal Read More...

DesignCon enlightens attendees on wireless and photonic integration

The Wireless and Photonic Integration track includes a panel that will introduce silicon photonics technology, a paper presentation that will discuss Read More...

Impedance measurements make a difference at DesignCon

What do clock jitter, EMI, control loop stability, SPICE modeling, rogue waves and the ripeness of fruit have in common? A tutorial and paper Read More...

Get a taste of SPICE at DesignCon

Every engineer needs easy access to a SPICE simulator tool. Get introduced to possibly the world's best SPICE tool at a DesignCon speed training Read More...

DesignCon signal modeling and simulation track includes random jitter

If you're interested in the challenges of analog and mixed-signal modeling and simulation, there is a DesignCon track for you. Read More...

ANSYS previews chip-package-system analysis for DesignCon

Full system analysis is an absolute necessity to address the new challenges of system design. Margaret Schmidt from ANSYS explains why. Read More...

DesignCon signal and power integrity track tackles noise

One of the highlights of DesignCon is the conference tracks are selected by more than a hundred engineers who are passionate about the content. Here Read More...

Meet an engineer mentor, be an engineer mentor in 5 minutes

If you are a young engineer looking for some guidance or an experienced engineer looking to pass along knowledge but are short on free time, check Read More...

Check Out DesignCon Events Geared for New Comers!

If it’s your first year at DesignCon 2015, the amount of tutorials, training sessions, panels and demos can be somewhat overwhelming, but there are Read More...

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