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Boot Camp – The Art of Signal Integrity Analysis

Davi Correia (Signal Integrity Engineer, Carlisle IT)

Jason Elllson (Signal Integrity Engineer, Amphenol)

David Banas (Signal Integrity Engineer, Haskware)

Location: Ballroom G

Date: Tuesday, January 29

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Track: 14. Modeling & Analysis of Interconnects

Session Type: Boot Camp

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Introductory

This course focuses on fundamental aspects of signal integrity. It will start by characterizing common passive components of a system (vias, connectors, cables) using measurement and simulation. Then, the channel will be evaluated both in frequency and time domains. Students will be shown how to isolate measured components from test fixtures using de-embedding techniques. We will correlate the measurement and simulation results using cascaded s-parameters. Finally, an eye-pattern of the entire equalized channel will be generated. At the end, the student should be able to see the relationship between each individual component of a channel and the final channel performance.

Pre-event setup: Attendees will need to bring their own laptops and will be provided with software to load at the beginning of the boot camp. The source code will be in Matlab and the compiled version will be usable for Windows. Attendees will not need to have Matlab running on their laptops in order to follow the instructions. Some source code will be used to show how things are calculated and, even though Matlab is not needed to understand it, it will be useful if possible.

Please note that we will be limiting the number of people who can attend this boot camp.


The students will be exposed to fundamental simulation, measurement, and system level aspects of signal integrity analysis from both passive and active perspectives. Specifically, they will be able to identify, simulate and evaluate the key components in a high-speed channel, and recognize the components' impact in the overall high-speed channel performance.

Intended Audience

Basic understanding of transmission line theory

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