Hands-On Power Integrity Workshop

Presented by Steve Sandler, award-winning author, engineer and innovator in the field of Power Integrity

Course Overview

Steve Sandler, an internationally recognized power expert, developed this in-depth, 2-day hands-on workshop to provide you with the fundamentals of Power Integrity. You’ll learn why it is important and how to design for it, measure it and troubleshoot it. This workshop teaches high-fidelity measurement, design, and simulation techniques. The combination of lecture and hands-on exercises allows attendees to explore the presented topics in real-time while being mentored by an expert in the field. The hands-on approach allows you to gain confidence in your ability to apply these skills on your own, at your workplace. You will learn to measure, optimize and troubleshoot most common Power Integrity related issues.

You also have the opportunity to sign up for the optional third day Hands-On VRM Modeling and Decoupling Optimization Workshop which is scheduled for the day following this 2-day workshop.

Click on the links in the workshop schedule below to sign-up online now!

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Workshop Schedule

Location Dates Time Early Registration Price Registration
DoubleTree By Hilton
2100 S Priest Dr
Tempe, Arizona 85282
(480) 967-1441
September 6 and 7, 2017 Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (local time)
Workshop: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$1,500 USD Closed
Doubletree by Hilton Dearborn
5801 Southfield Expressway
Detroit, MI 48228
Tel: (313) 336-3340
Fax (313) 336-7037 
September 26 and 27, 2017 Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (local time)
Workshop: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$1,500 USD Closed
Hilton Garden Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor
625 South President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: 410-234-0065
October 18 and 19, 2017 Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (local time)
Workshop: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$1,500 USD Closed
San Diego, California November 7 and 8, 2017 Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (local time)
Workshop: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$1,500 USD Cancelled
Biltmore Hotel and Suites
2151 Laurelwood Road
Santa Clara, California 95054-2754
November 28 and 29, 2017 Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (local time)
Workshop: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$1,500 USD Register Now
Dallas, Texas January 9 and 10, 2018 Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (local time)
Workshop: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$1,500 USD Postponed

* Note: Location is TBD and will be confirmed shortly.

What You Will Learn

  • Why clean power matters and how to obtain it
  • How to set the power supply noise budget
  • What frequency you should be measuring to
  • How to measure each portion of the PDN (VRM, decoupling, planes, loads)
  • How to interpret an impedance plot and use it to optimize performance
  • Which specific measurements are critical for success
  • How to make impedance, stability, PSRR, step load, and ripple measurements
  • What test equipment is necessary to complete the above measurements successfully


  • Improve your first-pass design quality, thereby reducing board iterations
  • Improve the performance of high performance digital and RF circuitry
  • Improve your Power Integrity simulation models
  • Gain a better understanding of why Power Integrity is important
  • Get the latest tips and techniques for flat impedance design

Hands-On Measurements

  • Components
    • Calibration
    • 1-Port, 2-Port, 2-Port Extended
    • Resistors, Capacitors (Ceramic & Tantalum), Inductors
    • Impedance Adapters
  • Impedance
    • Probe Selection
    • Voltage Reference
    • Opamps
    • Voltage Regulator/LDO/POL
  • Stability and PSRR
    • Bode Plot
    • Non-Invasive Stability Margin (NISM) via Output Impedance
    • PSRR Measurement
  • Time Domain
    • Impedance Matching
    • Oscilloscope Noise Floor
    • Ripple
    • Step Load
  • PDN and Flat Impedance Measurement
  • Demonstration Examples: Troubleshooting Power Integrity Issues
    • Clock Jitter/Spectrum Analysis
    • Noise Density
    • EMI and Troubleshooting with Near Field Probes

    Additional measurements will be demonstrated (without a hands-on component)

Oscilloscopes, VNAs, EMI and PDN probes, and demonstration boards will be provided for the hands-on portion of the class. VRTS3 Boards and Flat Impedance Boards will also be made available for class usage.

Target Audience: Engineers and technicians currently involved with design, characterizing, optimizing or troubleshooting power systems, and high speed digital, RF or microwave systems.

Class Materials

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