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September 11 and 12, 2019 - Two Day Workshop


Date: Wednesday Sept 11 and Thursday Sept 12

Time: 8.30 am registration for 9.00 am start   Finish 5.00 pm approx on Day 1 and 4.00 pm approx on Day 2

A 90 minute lunchbreak is provided for delegates to visit the exhibition. 


This is a comprehensive two day course covering many of the trade-offs and design that make PCB design ever more difficult. As technology evolves in components, board fabrication and board assembly, competent PCB designers and engineers need to stay in tune with the industry in order to be successful in bringing products to the market on time, on budget and with a minimum of development cost.

Included in the course:

  • CAD – what should it do for you?
    • A software tool to help in minimising design errors
    • Constrains the design to ensure the design stays within acceptable limits
    • Verifies the design for DFM, DFA, DFT and DFx
    • Automates the more mundane design tasks
  • Workflows – get your design done on time every time
    • Use established and proven design processes 
    • Ensure design process takes into account any ECOs 
  • Design trade-offs
    • Balance design requirements for best yield and lowest cost without compromising acceptable performance 
    • Make sure design constraints are set to ensure manufacturable designs 
  • Stackups and material selection
    • Know the effect of selection choices on yield, cost and performance
  • Component selection and placement
    • Design decisions for best placement
      • Considering electrical, mechanical & thermal requirements
      • Including signal flight times, signal integrity and power distribution
  • Signal routing
    • The importance of return paths and plane splits
    • Matching signal flight times in single ended and differential connections
    • Impedance control – what is it, why do we need it, how will we do it?
    • Crosstalk and noise minimisation
    • Vias and their effects on signal integrity
  • Signal integrity
    • Material selection for signal integrity
    • Skin effect, signal losses
    • Ringing, crosstalk, jitter, signal distortion
  • Power Integrity (PI) and Power Distribution Networks (PDN)
    • Decoupling strategy
    • On-board switch mode power supplies
    • Voltage drops in modern designs
    • Current carrying capacity
    • Thermal management
  • Crosstalk and noise
    • Minimise by design
    • Electrical & magnetic fields
    • Shielding for electrical and magnetic fields
  • EMC/EMI/ESD – what is it, why we should care, how to minimise problems
  • Design verification
    • Many steps to ensure design compliance
  • Generating and verifying outputs

Who Should Attend?

Beginning PCB designers/engineers to see the complexity related to their chosen career, and giving a grounding in some basic concepts that will lead to better understanding of what needs to be considered by the competent designer.

Medium PCB designers/engineers who will consolidate and refresh their basic knowledge and expand their understanding of current technology and design criteria relating to high speed design, power distribution and EMC control.

Advanced PCB designers/engineers, who will benefit from revisiting their basic knowledge, reviewing current technology and design criteria, and will learn about emerging technologies and techniques that promise to make the whole process of PCB design ever more difficult.

The Presenter:

Andy Kowalewski

Andy Kowalewski has been a board designer for 39 years. He has a technical background in avionics, covering HF, VHF and UHF air-ground-air and radio link communications, radar and navigational aids. His career started many years ago as a technician with equipment based on electronic valves. Board design evolved through hand drafting and moving to  CAD in 1985. He has owned and operated a service bureau and has designed under contract both in Australia and overseas. He is currently semi-retired from his last  contract with a successful startup in Sydney Australia, making advanced high speed very low latency network switches for the financial and High Frequency Trading markets.

Andy was one of the first designers to be certified as a CID (Certified Interconnect Designer) through the certification program of the IPC Designers Council in 1995, and is also certified as an Advanced Interconnect Designer (CID+). He is active in teaching the Basic and Advanced Certification workshops, and is a Master Instructor qualified to teach and certify other instructors. He is a past President of the North Texas Chapter of the Designers Council. He is a Past Chairman of the Designers Council Executive Board.  He was a member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design magazine and has written a number of advanced design articles for that magazine. Andy has spoken at conferences and taught seminars and workshops throughout the US, in Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and the UK.

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