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Instruire & Consultanta

Instruire & Consultanta Courses

1. Design and Complex Characterization of High Performance PCB Structures

Course Contents

The course provides the participants with a systematic overview of high performance PCB design and complex characterization of PCB structures for high-speed/high-frequency/high-density applications and presents, based on numerous figures, formulas, case studies and examples, a practical approach on development, evaluation, and manufacturing of on-board interconnection structures. The eight chapters cover a large area of topics, from fundamentals of PCB design to signal integrity analysis, full-wave electromagnetic modelling and simulation, measurement techniques and CAE-CAD tools. Some Flash movies, which are destined to a better understanding of PCB design flow, are also presented.

Course Duration

3 days - 2.5 days for the course and 0.5 day for performance evaluation, technical remarks and final discussions

Course Outline


  1. Introduction in PCB
    • Classification of PCB structures
    • PCB materials - properties and influences
    • Layer stack aspects
    • Manufacturing technologies
    • Interfacing the designer and the fabricator
  2. Fundamentals of high-speed/high-frequency/high-density PCB design
    • Time, frequency and distance
    • PCB Parasitic elements
    • Lumped and distributed circuits
    • Current capacity of traces
  3. Transmission lines and controlled impedance
    • Transmission lines and equivalent two-port networks
    • Characteristic impedance control
    • Topologies with controlled impedance; useful formulas
    • Matching the impedance; termination technique
  4. Signal Integrity Analysis
    • Relative permittivity and effective permittivity
    • Reflections
    • Propagation delay time and length of traces
    • Crosstalk and EMI
    • Attenuation of signals on PCB


  1. Electromagnetic characterization of PCB elements
    • Trace segment
    • Corner
    • Via
    • T-branch and step in width
  2. Characterization of reference planes
    • Power distribution
    • Decoupling and bypass
    • Modeling and simulation of reference planes


  1. Measurement of PCB structures
    • Introduction
    • Techniques
    • Practical aspects of on-board measurements
  2. CAE-CAD tools for evaluation of PCB
    • Tools for characteristic impedance calculation
    • Tools for signal integrity analysis
    • Tools for complex electromagnetic investigation
  • Course summary/review
  • Multiple-choice test for the theory
  • Practice exam
  • Instructor/student conference with technical remarks and final discussions

Course Notes

A set of course notes and various printed technical documents will be provided to each participant.


500 EUR/participant, minimum 2 participants or
1200 EUR/company, unlimited number of participants
  • For independent specialists the fee can be lower, based on negotiations

Performance Evaluation

A final exam will be used at the end of the course to evaluate the performance. The exam is divided in two parts, one multiple-choice test for the theory and one practice exam focused on engineering aspects of the course.

Who should attend

The course is designed for electrical and electronics engineers involved in high-speed/high-frequency/high-density PCB design, professors in the field of electronic packaging, technical managers, specialists, and students who wish to get a comprehensive overview of PCB design and characterization, and to learn more about various applications. The course is focused on various practical aspects and, due to a large number of formulas and examples which can be directly applied in practice, is addressed also to R&D engineers and researchers from innovative companies, involved in development of high performance electronic products.

2. Schematic Design (OrCAD)