Engineering Short Courses

The following short courses are offered as in-house presentations at companies or events around the world. Contact for information on pricing, content and scheduling.

The Physics of Electromagnetic Compatibility Measurements  (1 day)
This one-day course reviews the equipment, test set-up and primary coupling mechanisms associated with each of the major EMC tests. The goal of the course is to provide a basic understanding of the physics involved in making the measurement so that EMC test and design engineers can make better, more meaningful and more repeatable measurements.

Electronic Systems Design for EMC Compliance  (2 days)
This two-day course introduces fundamental electromagnetic compatibility concepts for electronic system designers. The focus of the course is on providing students with the knowledge and tools required to develop products that comply with all EMC requirements. Students completing the course will learn to systematically review their designs to find problems before the first hardware is built and tested.

Computer Modeling Tools for Electromagnetic Compatibility  (1 day)
This course is intended to bring engineers up to date on the latest computer modeling tools available to help them analyze system and board designs and troubleshoot electromagnetic interference problems with existing products. Students completing the course will be aware of the tools available to them and able to make good decisions regarding the tools that are appropriate for their needs.

Printed Circuit Board Design for EMC and Signal Integrity  (1 day)
This one day training session on the design and layout of high speed printed circuit boards stresses the fundamental concepts that board designers need to understand to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity problems. Students completing the course will be able to make good decisions regarding component selection, component placement, and trace routing. In addition, students will be able to implement effective power distribution and grounding strategies.

Advanced Printed Circuit Board Design for EMC  (1 day)
This is an advanced course for engineers who design products that must comply with EMC requirements on the first test pass. The course discusses basic methodologies for reviewing circuit board layouts and schematics to identify and evaluate potential EMC and signal integrity issues. Examples derived from actual circuit board designs are used to illustrate proper and improper layouts in various situations. Implementation and layout strategies for various types of circuits are reviewed including high-speed digital, RF analog, LF analog, power inverters, controllers and mixed-signal designs.

Design for Automotive EMC Compliance (2 days)
This two-day training session covers proper grounding, filtering and shielding techniques for automotive electronic systems. Students completing the course will be able to develop effective strategies for ensuring the electromagnetic compatibility of automotive components and systems. They will also learn to conduct effective design reviews in order to identify problems well before the first hardware is built and tested.

Automotive Printed Circuit Board Layout (1 day)
This course focuses on board design and layout issues that are of particular importance to the automotive electronics industry. Component placement, trace routing, power distribution and grounding are discussed with an emphasis on automotive applications. Particular emphasis is placed on effective design strategies that comply with requirements to isolate digital and chassis grounds.

Power Electronics Design for Electromagnetic Compatibility (1 day)
This course covers fundamental and advanced design concepts related to the design of power electronic circuits for meeting electromagnetic compatibility requirements. Basic power electronic circuit topologies and applications are reviewed with a focus on the fundamental properties of these circuits that result in unwanted conducted and radiated emissions. Noise source models are presented and various noise mitigation options are examined.

Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Compatibility (2 days)
This two-day course introduces fundamental electromagnetic compatibility concepts for electronic product designers, board layout professionals, EMC test engineers and engineering managers. The focus of the course is on providing students with the knowledge and tools required to avoid common EMC design mistakes. Students completing the course will learn to systematically review their designs to find problems before the first hardware is built and tested.

Design for Guaranteed EMC Compliance (2 days)
This course leads students through the process of systematically ensuring that their product designs will meet all applicable EMC requirements. Students will learn to identify and utilize their ground structure, control the flow of high and low-frequency currents, identify and characterize potential sources and victims of EMI, control bandwidths, ignore structures and coupling paths that cannot contribute to EMC problems,  and systematically identify and evaluate structures and coupling paths capable of causing a product to be non-compliant..

Essential Shielding Concepts and Design Strategies (1 day)
There is a common perception among engineers that electromagnetic shielding is a simple matter of enclosing everything in metal. In reality, the most effective shields are often nothing more than small well-placed plates made of materials appropriate for the application. This course presents the fundamental concepts necessary to develop effective shielding strategies for various applications. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to recognize situations where shielding would be beneficial, choose the correct shielding materials and design shields that are appropriate for the application.

Grounding and Shielding of Electronic Systems (2 days)
This two-day training session covers proper grounding, filtering and shielding techniques for electronic systems. Students completing the course will be able to develop effective strategies for ensuring the electromagnetic compatibility of new products as well as troubleshoot and fix many problems occurring in existing systems.

Signal Integrity in High-Speed Digital Systems (1 day)
This course introduces fundamental signal integrity concepts. Students will develop the basic skills necessary to design and analyze high-speed digital circuits. Topics include, time/frequency domain representations of digital signals, parasitic inductance and capacitance, crosstalk, properties of digital logic, component packaging, circuit board layout, transmission lines, high-frequency measurement techniques, differential signaling, simultaneous switching noise, power bus decoupling, dispersion, jitter, signal termination strategies and grounding for mixed-signal applications.