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Picotest's Power Integrity Workshop (2-Day)

2-Day Workshop: Dates and Locations: TBD

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Workshop Brochure and Course Syllabus (PDF)

Course Overview
In this workshop, taught by leading author (“Power Integrity -- Measuring, Optimizing and Troubleshooting Power Systems”) and Test Engineer of the Year nominee, Steve Sandler, you will learn the Fundamentals of Power Integrity. Steve Sandler, who has been bringing the popular Power Integrity Bootcamp to engineers worldwide, has personally developed this in-depth hands-on 2-Day workshop to provide you with an understanding of power integrity, why it is important, and how to design for it.

This workshop teaches you techniques for high-fidelity measurement, design, and simulation.  Hands-on lab exercises let attendees learn and explore key measurements, voltage regulator module (VRM) characterization, PDN testing, the 2-port shunt through impedance measurement and much more.

This workshop also includes instruction on how to measure, characterize, and validate the VRM, PDN, and decoupling models associated with your distributed power system.

The goal is to enable you to better isolate, troubleshoot, and optimize power related issues.

Power Distribution Network concerns?
This course covers the basics of why you should be concerned with your PDN and how to best measure it.

Learn

  • Learn to measure & model VRMs and decoupling components
  • How to set the power supply noise budget
  • How to design a flat impedance VRM in 5 seconds or less
  • Why tighter regulation can hurt performance
  • What measurements you NEED to be able to make
  • What test data are you missing because your test equipment is just not good enough
  • Why clean power matters and how to get it

Benefits

  • Improve your first pass design quality
  • Improve the reliability of high performance digital circuitry
  • Reduce board spins
  • Improve your power integrity models
  • Gain a better understanding of why power integrity is important

Target Audience and Prerequisites: Anyone involved with designing or high speed digital or RF systems, anyone using or designing power systems. Attendee should be an electrical or test engineer or technician.

PCB designers, VRM designers, signal integrity engineers, power integrity engineers and anyone involved in PDN design will receive an introduction to power integrity and the latest tips and techniques for flat impedance designs.

Class Materials

  • Text Book – “Power Integrity – Measuring, Optimizing and Troubleshooting Power Systems” (334 pages, $99 Value)
  • Class Notes and Slides
  • Hands-On Lab Exercises

Test equipment will be provided for the hands-on portion of the class. This includes Oscilloscopes, VNAs, Spectrum Analyzers, EMI and PDN probes, and other support instruments.

VRTS3 and other test boards will also be made available for use within the class environment.

Lead Instructor
Steve Sandler, CEO - Picotest, Chief Engineer - AEi Systems

Mr. Steve Sandler is the CEO of Picotest.com, a company that designs and distributes test equipment for testing Power Integrity. Steve was named a finalist for Test & Measurement World’s Test Engineer of the year two years in a row (2012-2013). Steve is the author of the book “Power Integrity – Measuring, Optimizing and Troubleshooting Power Systems” which is used as the basis for the Test and Measurement workshop. Steve is the also the founder and former CEO of Analytical Engineering, Inc., the   Steve Sandler - Lead Instructor
predecessor of AEi Systems. He has over 30 years experience in the design and analysis of power conversion equipment for military and space applications. In his current position as Chief Engineer of AEi Systems, Steve is responsible for worst case analysis and troubleshooting of satellite & power electronic systems. Mr. Sandler is the author of several books and numerous articles on power supply modeling and simulation including, “Switchmode Power Supply Simulation with PSpice”, and “SPICE Circuit Handbook”. Most recently Steve was named the recipient of the 2015 Jim Williams ACE Contributor of the Year award. Mr. Sandler received his BSEE degree from Pacific Western University.
 
Workshop Overview

Introduction to Power Integrity

Steve Sandler teaches at a seminar in Germany.

Fundamentals of Power Integrity (Short Course, 90min) provides a valuable free introduction to the more complete 1 and 2 Day Picotest Workshops

Steve Sandler teaching at Taitronics.

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