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New Webinars from PCEA Focus on DfM, High-Frequency Design
PEACHTREE CITY, GA – The Printed Circuit Engineering Association announced a pair of new webinars for PCB design engineers, RF engineers and digital designers will take place over the next two months.

“Best DfM Practices for Board Engineers,” a new three-hour webinar in the PCB2Day training series, will take place Feb. 22.

Taught by Susy Webb, a certified PCB designer with nearly 40 years’ experience, the webinar is aimed at PCB designers, design engineers, system designers, and hardware engineers. It is designed for all skill levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

“There is so much more to board design than placing parts and connecting the signals electrically,” Webb says. “This half-day webinar will talk about good practices for building footprints, how parts might be placed for manufacturability, routing practices that are helpful, trace widths and spacings that are producible, a stackup structure that can realistically get the impedance and return needed, and documentation for the manufacturer that is complete and understandable.

“This presentation is not about how to build a board, but rather about the practical things the board engineer can do to help make fabrication and assembly easier and therefore increase yields and lower the cost for all,” she adds.

On Mar. 22, a new two-hour class called “Designing and Analyzing High Frequency Interconnects” will debut, focusing on an approach to designing high-frequency interconnects, beginning with PCB design and leading into systems-level RF design.

The webinar will cover transmission line design network parameter analysis, including S-parameters, interconnect characterization, parasitics and their effects on signal integrity, and advanced topics like waveguides and emitters.

Design examples involving unique waveguide and cavity structures on high-frequency PCBs will be presented. By the end of the course, attendees will have received conceptual guidance on interconnect design and analysis for any frequency range.

The speaker, Zachariah Peterson, currently provides research, design and marketing services to electronics companies. Prior to working in the PCB industry, he taught at Portland State University.

“High-frequency PCB designs carry a unique set of challenges due to concentration of signal power in a narrow bandwidth. To design high-frequency interconnects, designers must consider an entire interconnect, including its linearity and stability,” said Peterson.

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