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NEW Non-Invasive Measurement Information
Picotest's Power Supply Testing and Measurement Workshop (2-Day)

2-Day Workshop: Dates and Locations: TBD


Workshop Brochure and Course Syllabus (PDF)

Course Overview
In this detailed workshop, taught by leading author and Test Engineer of the Year nominee, Steve Sandler, you will learn how to perform all the necessary measurements to ensure reliable operation of your power systems. By introducing new measurement methods like the non-invasive stability assessment, we show how to measure the performance parameters of power circuits in their working environment. In addition, you will learn about real life measurement challenges and best practices to master them. The course includes an introduction to the correct measurement of all the important power supply parameters.

  • No access to the feedback loop? No problem! By performing non-invasive phase margin measurements, you can determine the stability of any regulator; even those without feedback.
  • Are my Bode plots correct? Not always, but this workshop shows you how to master gain and phase margin testing and how to predict control loop stability.
  • You need more bandwidth than you think! Sometimes instabilities of power supplies arise at frequencies you never planned to look at. By analyzing a simple LDO, we will demonstrate how important bandwidth is and what types of instruments can support your applications.
  • Can PSRR and reverse transfer be measured? Yes, these can be measured and yes, these are important parameters you should look at when working in systems where one supply voltage feeds several DC/DC converters.


  • Learn how to make accurate and high fidelity measurements with confidence
  • Learn about all the key measurements necessary to test your power systems
  • Gain confidence in your test procedures; Learn which test is the right one to perform
  • Learn about equipment and test setup limitations and how to address them
  • Learn how to spot bad test data whether from manufacturers or from your own measurements

Target Audience and Prerequisites: Anyone involved with designing or utilizing power systems, anyone using or designing voltage regulators, linear or switching. Attendee should be an electrical or test engineer.

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. Includes:  Oscilloscopes, VNAs, Spectrum Analyzers, EMI and PDN probes, and other support instruments. VRTS3 Boards will also be made available.

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

Mr. Steve Sandler is the CEO of, 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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