How to design 32+ Gb/sec on a regular PCB

April 08, 2015 // By Julien Happich
A new training course, to be held for the first time at the annual SI Week in Sweden on 18-22 May 2015, presents a wealth of new PCB test data.

By using measurements and practical examples, course presenter Lee Ritchey ensures that he does not give poor - and therefore costly - advice.

This year's SI Week is taking place in Stockholm. Like last year, 60-70 participants from all regions of the globe are expected. The new course called "Lee Ritchey: Very High Speed" covers fast differential signal pairs for everything from USB and PCIe to the fastest connections at 32 Gbps and more. Participants can look forward to learning about designing PCBs, how to avoid the pitfalls and also how and why costly high density interconnect (HDI) techniques can be avoided. The course concludes the SI Week on Friday, 22 May.

The first three days of SI Week are a signal integrity course entitled “Lee Ritchey: Signal Integrity”, where participants learn how to design all kinds of products using a systematic "right first time" approach. This course addresses the basic principles of high speed design from a very practical perspective.

Thursday in SI Week is all about signal integrity simulation. Via hands-on exercises, participants learn practical and effective techniques by which to simulate digital circuits ahead of designing effective layouts. The course unveils the secrets of designing effective simulations, "without necessarily having to listen to the big CAD companies' sales pitches." Use common sense to squeeze the essential bits of information out of the simulation tools at your disposal, Ritchey says.

"I have been organising courses with Lee for the past ten years. Every time he agrees to take yet another course, I am delighted. Although I am somewhat younger, I know exactly how exhausting it can be travelling all the time," Rolf Østergaard, owner of EE-Training explains.

Lee Ritchey belongs to that generation of elderly men who just don't retire. They carry on working until they have to be carried out feet first. The legendary signal integrity guru turned 70 several years ago and is definitely still going