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System Level Power Considerations for PCB Design



During technical session we will look at common issues created by demands placed on the power distribution in today’s PCB designs. It will discuss techniques for delivering adequate voltage and current at DC considering today’s design criteria. It will also look at how to determine whether the decoupling strategy for the PCB is effective and build some intuition regarding how the design can be optimized both for performance and cost.

There are two primary aspects to PCB power distribution design – DC voltages and currents and meeting AC switching demands of the IC core and I/O. Neither are as straightforward as one might initially think, especially given the proliferation of numerous voltage rails on a PCB and the high current, low voltage requirements of today’s ICs.

What You Will Learn

  • How decoupling issues affect your PCB design
  • How an ICs high current, low voltage requirements impact the PCB
  • How to analyze your PCB to pin-point power delivery issues and explore solutions

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Steve McKinney

Steven McKinney is a business development manager for Mentor Graphic's Board System Division where he supports Mentor's PCB analysis technologies which include tools for Signal Integrity, Power Integrity, Thermal and EMC design. Steven has previously held roles in technical marketing at Mentor Graphics, specializing in signal integrity and EMC analysis tools and educating the engineering community on signal integrity, power integrity, and EMC design issues. Prior to working for Mentor, Steven was a signal integrity engineer at Dell Computer developing server hardware. Steven received his BSEE and MSEE from North Carolina State University.

Who Should View

  • IC application engineers
  • Engineers interested in PCB Power Integrity Design
  • PCB Layout Designer

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