Over fifty PCB enthusiasts ascended upon the Cadence campus in Austin, Texas last month where they were greeted by world renowned signal integrity educator Robert Hanson. Robert spent two full days taking them from the basics of transmission line theory all the way through the challenging aspects of compliance of serial interface standards running at 8 gigabits per second. And if that was not enough, he then went into an in-depth description of why power delivery network (PDN) analysis is required. The room was packed with engineers getting a great two day education.
After two days of classroom academics, the students then were offered a third day of free education which featured hands-on experience using Cadence Allegro signal and power integrity tools. In the morning of the third day, the students were able to run extensive signal integrity analysis on a DDR memory system as well as high speed serial links using IBIS-AMI models to drive the multi-gigabit interfaces. In the afternoon, the students focused on using the Allegro PDN analysis technology which allows for power integrity checks directly from the design database without the need for translation.
A number of students commented that Robert Hanson’s teaching and experience included good background and valuable historical data. They enjoyed his presentation style and interaction with students which resulted in a valuable two days of classroom education. And the bonus of being able to take the classroom education into the lab and actually run the Cadence signal and power integrity tools made the experience even more valuable.
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