iCD High-Speed PCB Simulation and Analysis
"Unsure of your next complex digital design - get some help from an expert designer to ensure it performs reliably to spec."
Popular PCB Design Magazine columnist, Barry Olney, is offering a new simulation service that walks clients through the high-speed design process. We have simulated many designs over the past 15 years but have found that it is best to mentor designers providing advice on effective placement, routing constraints based on proven design rules, signal and power integrity, crosstalk and EMI throughout the entire process.
This is a one-on-one mentoring program that provides participants with a competitive edge via access to an expert designer. Barry will personally analyze your high-speed design and provide direct feedback and guidance on how to best deal with issues as they arise. So if you are unsure of your next complex digital design - get some help to ensure it performs reliably to spec. This takes the pressure off you and your boss will be happy as the design will be completed on schedule and work first time saving costly iterations.
Conferences versus Mentoring?
Many PCB designers regularly attended technical sessions at conferences or travel to attend specific courses of interest. This is undoubtedly a good way to learn and improve your skills, but the courses are not specific to your product. It takes you away from your work for days and also incurs travel and accommodation expenses that end up blowing out the budget.
The iCD Mentoring program, on the other hand, keeps you productive while you are learning. You are taught relative to your product - not a generic design. So, the skills you gain are far more valuable and you are able to retain this information more readily as it is gained by experience.
The following services are provided by iCD during the PCB Design Mentoring program:
iCD will provide creative mentoring on a one-on-one basis with a nominated person.
An initial online or telephone meeting will be held to set out the expectations of the mentoring program.
Review of schematics to ensure correct creation of design constraints.
Analysis of the PCB substrate to ensure:
Impedance of single ended and differential signals meet the requirements of the technologies employed.
That there are clear return paths and reference planes are appropriately assigned.
Materials are selected to minimize cost, provide adequate performance and are stocked by the client's preferred fab shop.
Analysis of the PDN to ensure minimum AC impedance is attained up to the maximum required frequency.
Advice on the placement and routing of power planes.
Advice on critical placement and best routing strategies.
Determination of high-speed signal terminations, matched lengths and impedance matching.
Simulation of high-speed critical signals to ensure timing requirements are met.
Batch mode and interactive analysis of crosstalk.
Estimate of electromagnetic radiation to ensure the product meets FCC/CISPR Class B requirements.
A comprehensive simulation report will be provided to the client upon completion of the project.