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Boot Camp – Under the Hood: Understand the Software that Drives Electromagnetic Simulation Tools

Davi Correia  (Signal Integrity Engineer, Carlisle IT)

Raul Stavoli  (Signal Integrity Engineer, Carlisle IT)

Location: Ballroom F

Date: Tuesday, January 28

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Track: 13. Modeling & Analysis of Interconnects

Format: Boot Camp

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Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Intermediate

In this boot camp, we will present different numerical techniques, ranging from computational electromagnetics to frequency and time-domain conversions. The user will see how S-parameters are created in a full-wave solver, how they can be converted between time and frequency domains and what type of information is relevant in each domain. We will start with a simple finite-difference time-domain solver, followed by a finite-element solver in frequency domain and show the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Finally, we will address the information contained in an S-parameter file, and how to extract relevant content in both frequency and time-domains.

Note that this boot camp will break from 11:50 AM to 1:30 PM for the keynote and lunch.


We will present different numerical methods used in the signal integrity industry. By the end of this presentation, the audience will be able to understand the basic principles and their implementation in some of the software tools used in the industry today.

Intended Audience

Basic understanding of Fourier transform. Some experience with electromagnetic solvers.