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Design of Power-Distribution Networks in the Era of Proliferating Voltage Levels and High Current Demands

Overview

At one time considered exotic, power integrity analysis has now become a must-do part of PCB design — as important for many PCBs as signal integrity.

The proliferation of supply voltages results in compromised, choppy power net shapes, risking excess drop in response to high DC currents and too low voltages at ICs. High current densities in necked down areas can also cause heating and subsequent damage to the PCB. Voracious demand for AC current as ICs run at higher frequencies and faster edge rates challenges the ability of power planes and decoupling capacitors to provide enough current during switching.

This session examines several examples where HyperLynx PI can be used to guarantee both DC and AC power requirements are comfortably met.

What You Will Learn

  • How decoupling and DC drop issues can affect your PCB design
  • How to analyze your PCB to quickly pinpoint power delivery issues and explore solutions
  • How HyperLynx PI can help solidify your PCB power distribution network

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Patrick Carrier

Patrick Carrier worked as a Signal Integrity Engineer at Dell for 5 years before joining Mentor in September 2005. Patrick is now a technical marketing engineer specializing in analysis products, including signal and power integrity, EMC, and thermal design.

Who Should Attend

  • Power integrity specialists
  • Electrical engineers
  • Layout designers
  • Engineering managers

Products Covered

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7.4, 10.8

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Linux

  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3

Mobile

  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.

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