Popular PCB Design Magazine columnist, Barry Olney, is offering a new simulation service that walks clients through the high-speed design process. We have simulated many designs over the past 15 years but have found that it is best to mentor designers providing advice on effective placement, routing constraints based on proven design rules, signal and power integrity, crosstalk and EMI throughout the entire process.
This is a one-on-one mentoring program that provides participants with a competitive edge via access to an expert designer. Barry will personally analyse your high-speed design and provide direct feedback and guidance on how to best deal with issues as they arise. So if you are unsure of your next complex digital design – get some help to ensure it performs reliably to spec. This takes the pressure off you and your boss will be happy as the design will be completed on schedule and work first time saving costly iterations.
Generally, once a designer has been guided through the process, we find that he then has the confidence to resolve his own design issues knowing it will work. The bottom line is that you will be able to produce reliable boards with fewer re-spins and shorter time to market. It is more efficient to prevent problems, before they arise, rather than trying to solve them once the prototype is built!
Conferences versus Mentoring?
Many PCB designers regularly attended technical sessions at conferences or travel to attend specific courses of interest. This is undoubtedly a good way to learn and improve your skills, but the courses are not specific to your product. It takes you away from your work for days and also incurs travel and accommodation expenses that end up blowing out the budget.
The ICD Mentoring program, on the other hand, keeps you productive while you are learning. You are taught relative to your product - not a generic design. So, the skills you gain are far more valuable and you are able to retain this information more readily as it is gained by experience.
The following services will be provided by ICD during the PCB Design Mentoring program:
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Barry has over 25 years experience with high-speed, multilayer PCB design and has assisted many customers over the years with their SI and EMC problems. He has presented Mentor Graphics HyperLynx Signal Integrity training courses to customers. Barry also presents and is the author of Advanced Design for SMT and the Fundamentals of High Speed Design throughout Australia and is a popular columnist for The PCB Design Magazinewww.pcbdesign007.com with over 75 columns.
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