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There are three  courses offered by Speeding Edge. Signal Integrity and High SpeedSystem Design is a thorough, comprehensive two-day course that covers all aspects of design. It begins with the scientific principles involved in high-speed design, explaining each one in detail. The course then addresses design rule creation, organizing the design process, material evaluation and selection and toolset selection and use. The course has been designed such that upon its completion, students can successfully realize their own high-speed PCB/system designs. 
 
The second course offered by Speeding Edge is our  Power Delivery System (PDS) Design Course.  
Today´s high-speed designs use a variety of power delivery components and successfully designing a PDS and the PCB into which is incorporated requires a thorough understanding of the overall power delivery system. In addition to reviewing the PDS components currently available; this course examines how to meet the conflicting goals of the PDS system and how to address power plane, impedance and overall system capacitance issues. 
As with the other courses offered by Speeding Edge, the PDS design class is structured to take the student through the entire PDS design process. The class begins with the goals of the PDS design process including how to arrive at a reliable design in the shortest amount of time and at the lowest cost possible with a minimal use of single-source suppliers and specialty components and materials. The course will also examine several real-world PDS designs to further illustrate the goals of the design process.
 
The materials and examples used in this course are drawn from actual designs of PDS systems in current manufacture. These examples range from subminature disc drives to terabit routers and supercomputers. The design process presented is based on many years of completing designs that are "right the first time". The goal of the course is for students to take the information learned in class and start applying it immediately to their designs-to trouble-shoot existing designs or incorporate into next-generation product iterations.
 
Our third class is our PCB Stackup Design- Optimizing Signal Integrity, Manufacturability and Reliability of a Printed Circuit Board class. Successful fabrication of any PCB starts with selecting the right laminate materials and creating a stackup design that works. Today’s high-speed PCBs with their inherent signal integrity and power delivery requirements make it necessary to employ far more discipline in the choice of materials and the arrangement of layers in the stackup. These requirements are outside the skill set of all PCB fabricators.  The objective of this course is to guide the design engineer through the process of evaluating and selecting the right laminate for any given design and then designing a PCB stackup that meets the numerous demands of a complex, multilayer board that works right the first time.
 
The first portion of this class consists of a one-hour session conducted by Isola Group.Topics that will be addressed include the building blocks available for core and prepeg materials; the impact of material selection; an overview of available materials; what designers should be looking for during the evaluation and selection process and a short tutorial on Isostack, a new web-based stackup tool. and how they are used in various design implementations and what designers should be looking for during the evaluation and selection process.
The second portion of the class, which delves more into the role of laminates in high-speed PCBs as well as how to create a successful stackup design, is conducted by Lee Ritchey. Founder and president of Speeding Edge, he is considered to be one of the industry’s premier authorities on the design and manufacture of high-speed PCB systems. The fast data paths that are pervasive in all PCB products being currently designed make it imperative to be able to design stackups that have predictable and repeatable impedances.
 
All three of our coursesourses are offered as private on-site courses to companies that may have several students needing the course at one time. Information on scheduling private courses may be obtained by contacting info@speedingedge.com.  
 
How long does it to take to complete these courses? 
 
A: The High Speed PCB and System Design Course is a complete two-day course. Our PDS and PCB Stack-up Design  are each one day classes.
 
Q: How do I go about enrolling in one of these courses? 
 
A: Private on-site courses are arranged on a per company basis by contacting regarding our public courses is available by e-mailing us at info@speedingedge.com.Information or by visiting our  website at www.speedingedge.com.
What do I need to know before attending one of these courses? 
 
A: Any engineering professional with a basic familiarity with high-speed design is a candidate for our Signal Integrity and High Speed System Design class. No advance mathematics is required. The same is true of our PDS course and our PCB Stackup Course. However, it is recommended that students take the two-day course before taking either one of our one-day courses.
"Right the First Time, A Practical Handbook on High Speed PCB and System Design, Volume 1" is also required for all three of our courses. We also recommend that students have a copy of Volume 2 book. It is particularly appropriate for our two one-day courses.
 
Q: What can I expect to learn by taking one of these courses?
 
A: Upon completion of  our Signal Integrity and High Speed System desing course, students should have a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles involved in high-speed design and be able to develop an efficient design rule set; organize the design process to efficiently execute high-speed designs; evaluate and select PCB materials and fabricators and choose toolsets that will best suit the high-speed design process.
 
Upon completion of our PDS course, students will be fluent in the skills involved in designing complete power delivery systems. 
The objective of our PCB stackup course is to guide the design engineer through the process of evaluating and selecting the right laminate for any given design and then designing a PCB stackup that meets the numerous demands of a complex, multilayer board that works right the first time.
 
Q: How much do these courses cost?
 
A: The cost of private, on-site courses is based upon class size and the courses selected. Companies interested in obtaining information on the cost of a private on-site course should contact info@speedingedge.com. The cost of our public courses varies based upon location(s) where the courses are held.
 
In addition, "Right the First Time, A Practical Handbook on High Speed PCB and System Design, Volume 1" is a requirement for both the private on-site and public courses.
 
Q: What topics are addressed in the book, "Right the First Time, A Practical Handbook on High Speed PCB and System Design, Volume 1"?
 
A: This book describes all of the principles involved in high-speed PCB and System design such as inductance, capacitance, resistance and impedance control. Each principle is defined in terms of its physics and how it applies to high-speed PCB/system implementations. In addition, PCB material and fabricator evaluation and selection, cost issues and design trade-off decisions are discussed in detail.
 
Q: What topics are addressed in the book, “Right the First Time, A Practical Handbook On High Speed PCB and System Design, Volume 2?

While Volume 1 addressed the fundamentals of high-speed PCB and system design, Volume 2 provides a detailed explanation of all the steps involved in designing and manufacturing a printed circuit board that works right the first time. Designed for engineering as well as business decision makers, it provides a thorough treatment of the processes involved in fabricating complex PCBs. It includes a detailed description of the PCB fabrication process; PCB material selection; EMI and EMC; Gigabit and higher signaling issues; the PCB design process; power delivery details; testing, simulation and simulators and IC package design.
 
Q: Who should read these books?
 
A: Anyone who is involved in the design and implementation of high-speed PCB/system products. While geared towards engineering professionals, our books are  eminently readable so that those individuals having to make business decisions relative to the design and implementation of these products will also find the information in the books to be very valuable.
 
Q: Do I need a book to attend one of the courses?
 
A: Yes. A copy of "Right the First Time, A Practical Handbook on High Speed PCB and System Design, Volume 1", is required for our Signal Integrity and High Speed System Design course as well as our PDS design and PCB stackup design courses
 
Q: How much does the books cost and how do I go about purchasing it?
 
A: Our Volume 1 book is only available on CD-ROM and the cost of single copy is $25.00.  Our Volume 2 book is available only in print and is priced at $95.00 per copy. We offer a special promotion for those wishing to purchase both the CD-ROM of our Volume 1 book and the print copy of our Volume 2 book. When ordering Volume 2, purchasers have the option of obtaining the CD-ROM of our Volume 1 book at no additional cost other than a slight increase in shipping costs.
 
Q: What types of consulting services does Speeding Edge provide?
 
A: Speeding Edge provides engineering consulting services for select companies involved in designing and implementing high-speed PCB and system products for a variety of end-user applications. These applications include network cards, mobile hand-held devices, consumer products and the latest network server products.
 
Q: How much do these consulting services cost?
 
A: Engineering consulting services are priced on a per project/type of service basis. To inquire about services provided and to obtain a bid for engineering consulting services, please contact info@speedingedge.com.