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Electrical Signoff with HyperLynx DRC



Nearly all PCB designs have some sort of electrical performance flaws when first created. Finding and quantifying the severity of these design flaws remains a big challenge for design teams, especially for highly constrained designs. Even if signal and power integrity simulation is widely used within your company, “which nets do you simulate?” If EMI simulations are required, what do you do with the results that take many hours to acquire? And, how certain are you that the design’s power distribution network will work at DC and over a wide frequency range?

In these types of cases, simulation is a great help quantifying the severity of each design flaw, but simulation does not necessarily point the designer where to find the root cause of each design violation. For many high performance PCB design teams, reaching the final electrical performance sign off phase often stirs up memories of past projects that passed the review only to have serious problems later detected on the prototypes. Multiple design iterations are common events that every company’s management team struggles to reduce and hopefully one day, eliminate completely. So, what does it mean to pass electrical signoff (ESO)? How does your company do it today? How much does it cost (per design) for your company? How long does it take? What percentage of the PCB layout is checked for design guideline compliance?

What You Will Learn

  • What design practices must change?
  • What are some of the more important issues that will drive this design paradigm shift?
  • What kind of changes should we expect for PCB performance analysis tools?

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Mike Ashbaugh

Mike Ashbaugh is a Senior Applications Engineer for Mentor Graphics Global Distribution Channel. He has 24 years of professional experience beginning with 10 years of hardware design followed by 14 years of engineering sales as a Senior Applications Engineer in the EDA industry.

His primary focus most recently, has been "virtual prototyping" and supporting the solutions within the HyperLynx Family of PCB analysis tools. The EDA industry continues to evolve, providing solutions to customers’ ever increasing product design complexities and system challenges. These challenges create an exciting opportunity in the disciplines of high-speed transmission line analysis, signal integrity, power integrity, EMI, thermal and 3D EM analysis.

Who Should Attend

  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Managers
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Process Engineer

Products Covered


  • What is Signoff?
  • Timing Analysis
  • Power Analysis
  • Thermal Analysis
  • EMI Checks
  • Timing Analysis
  • Demo
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