Speeding Edge Digital Library



Speeding Edge Digital Library

This new product, the Speeding Edge Digital Library, contains an extensive collection of highly relevant technical articles that provide more current information on design issues of concern. Provided on CD-ROM, these articles essentially comprise an addendum to our two books, “Right The First Time, Volumes 1 and 2.” Given the changes that have arisen since we published our two books, the Digital Library addresses many questions and issues of concern relative to Power Delivery and Differential Signaling. The Library has been developed in response to requests made during our training courses, consulting efforts and other frequently asked questions. Many of the articles contained within the Speeding Edge Digital Library have been written by Speeding Edge founder and president, Lee Ritchey. Additional articles written by other experts in the industry as well as collateral from industry-leading suppliers are used with the permission of those entities. Note: The articles contained within this Digital Library are different than the technical articles that are listed on the Speeding Edge website in that they are comprised of advanced subjects that are extremely pertinent to today’s design challenges.


Speeding Edge Digital Library Articles 

SPEEDING EDGE- April 6, 2016 

1. 1080 VS. 3313 Glass Weave Discussion as They Affect Skew- Ritchey, Oct. 2007

2. A Short Tour Through The PCB Design Process- Ritchey, April 2009

3. Bandwidth Requirements for Differential Pairs- Power Point- Ritchey, November 2014

4. Blind and Buried Vias- Ritchey, July 2009

5. Bypass Capacitor Placement Discussion- Ritchey- May 2004

6. Comparing X2Y Capacitors to 0402 Capacitors in a PDS- Zasio, August 2005

7. Considerations When Designing A PCB Stackup- Ritchey, April 2010

8. Deciding How to Route Complex Nets- Ritchey, March 2009

9. Decoupling Capacitor PDS Design Tool, EXCEL- Zasio,

10. Design Rules For A 14 Layer PCB- Ritchey, July 2009

11. Design Guide for Power Delivery Systems- Ritchey, August 2011

12. Designing a PCB Stackup, Design Guideline- Ritchey, September 2012

13. Differential Signaling Design Guide Line- Ritchey, September 2005

14. Effects of Turning or Routing Vias On Signal Bandwidth- Ritchey, September 2001

15. FAQ-Why Is The PCI Bus Impedance 65 Ohms?- Ritchey, April 2010

16. FAQ RoHS, What Is It?- Ritchey, August 2006

17. FAQ-Determining DC-CD Converter Output Inductance- Ritchey, September 2001

18. FAQ- Where Should Test Points be Connected?- Ritchey, March 2009

19. FAQ- Do Vias Act As Stubs?- Ritchey- February 2006

20. FAQ- What Is Back Drilling of Vias?- Ritchey- March 2005

21. FAQ- What Is Cross Hatching of Planes and Why Do It?- Ritchey, October 2007

22. FAQ- Where Should AC Coupling Capacitors in Differential Pairs Be Placed? Ritchey, October 2007

23. FAQ- Why Not Route Two Traces Between Vias At 1 mm Pitch?- Ritchey, January 2010

24. FAQ- How Can 0.8 mm Pitch BGAs be Routed?- Ritchey, October 2007

25. Ferrite Beads, When Should They Be Used?- Ritchey, August 2005

26. How Differential Pairs Operate- Ritchey, May 2012

27. How Many Thermal Ties Are Needed To Connect A Power Pin to a Plane?- Ritchey, May 2004

28. How Should Oscilloscope Probes be Connected to a Net?- Ritchey, February 2006

29. Testing IC Outputs to Determine Output Impedance- Ritchey, January 2009

30. Is .063” A Standard PCB Thickness?- Ritchey, January 2009

31. How Are Jitter and Skew Materials Related?- Ritchey, October 2007

32. Should Low Loss or High Loss Capacitors be Used in a PDS?- Ritchey, November 2004

33. Material Evidence- Article on How PCB Materials Affect PCB Performance- Ritchey, November 2004

34. Minimizing Skew in Differential Pairs- Power Point Presentation- Ritchey, October 2014

35. Non Functional Pads- What Are They? Should They Be Used?- Ritchey, March 2005

36. On Using Low Loss Laminates, The Merits and Downsides- Ritchey, November 2014

37. Pad Stack Design- Determining Size of Drills, Antipads and Capture Pads- Ritchey, March 2005

38. PCB Test Structures Needed to Verify PCB Fabrication is Correct- Ritchey, August 2005

39. Preemphasis or Deemphasis, What Are They and When Are They Used?- Ritchey, July 2006

40. Routing 10 Gb/S Signals For Maximum Performance- Ritchey, June 2007

41. Test Procedures for New PCBs- Ritchey, August 2005

42. Two Most Common PCB Design Problems- Ritchey, July 2009

43. Types of Decoupling Capacitor Dielectrics and Which Work Best in a PDS- Ritchey, February 2013

44. Update on Laminate Glass Weaves as They Affect Skew- Ritchey, April 2010

45. Via Conductivity- Ritchey, September 2009

46. What is EMI and How To Contain It?- Ritchey, February 2015

47. What is Build Up PCB Fabrication?- Ritchey, July 2009

48. What Size Decoupling Capacitor Package Should be Used in a PDS?- Ritchey, November 2004

49. Where Do Return Currents Flow?- Ritchey, April 2005

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