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The EMC and PELS Chapters of the IEEE Rock River Valley Section
Present the 2017 EMC Seminar

EM Field-Based Design of Circuit Boards for First Pass EMC Compliance


Daniel Beeker

Principal Engineer

NXP Semiconductors

June 13, 2017

Giovanni’s Restaurant and Conference Center
610 N Bell School Rd
Rockford, Illinois
United States 61107
Rockford, IL


With more than 39 years of experience in electronic system design and EMC, Daniel Beeker provides applications support for NXP Automotive customers worldwide.  Daniel also supports NXP customers globally with special function development tools and instrumentation (almost all of the “LFxxx” tools on the NXP website).  Daniel worked for Freescale Semiconductor before Freescale and NXP merged in 2015.  Daniel also specializes in EMC and signal integrity design techniques for systems and PCBs. In support of this, Daniel has completed more than 200 PCB design evaluations for customers and internal NXP products.  Daniel teaches field based design techniques at NXP and industry conferences worldwide; more than 70 sessions with more than 3500 attendees since 2010.  Daniel is also involved with NXP IC package design and IC development tool teams to support improved EMC performance, working on more than 20 IC designs. Specialties: Microprocessor and Microcontroller development tools, PCB layout techniques for EMC and signal integrity, and Automotive applications specialist.


Seminar Agenda

07:30 – 08:20am – Registration & Continental Breakfast

08:20 – 10:00am – Session 1 – Understanding how Electromagnetic Fields behave on Circuit Boards

  • The material presented will focus on the basic principles and physics of electromagnetic energy.  It will be presented in easy to understand language with plenty of diagrams. Attendees will discover how understanding the behavior of EM fields can help to design PCBs that will be more robust and have better electromagnetic compatibility performance. This is not rocket science, but an easy to understand application of PCB geometry.

10:00 – 10:30am – Refreshment Break & Exhibitors Display

10:30 – 12:00pm – Session 2 – First Pass EMC Circuit Board Design:  Techniques to Improve Performance

  • As geometries continue to shrink and switching speeds increase, designing electromagnetic systems and printed circuit boards to meet the required signal integrity and EMC specifications has become even more challenging. A new design methodology is required, specifically, the utilization of an electromagnetic physics-based design methodology to control the field energy in your design. This session will walk through the development process and provide guidelines for building successful printed circuited boards.

12:00 – 01:00pm – Lunch with Exhibitors

01:00 – 02:30pm – Session 3 – Power Distribution Made Easy

  • This session will focus on a simple EM physics- and geometry-based approach to designing power distribution networks on PCBs. From input power connection to the IC die, the simple rules discussed can be used to reduce power-supply noise and improve EMC.

02:30 – 03:00pm – Refreshment Break & Exhibitors Display

03:00 – 03:15pm – IEEE Recognition Awards  

03:15 – 04:45pm – Session 4 – PCB Design to Survive Transients

  • This session will cover some simple definitions of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) and Electrostatic Overstress (EOS) while explaining the important differences in the energy involved and the resulting damage. The session will also review PCB design techniques for improving system robustness.

04:45 – 04:50pm – Closing Comments and seminar survey

04:50 – 06:00pm – Social hour with Exhibitors


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2017 Seminar Fee

IEEE Members $125.00

Non IEEE Members $175.00

IEEE Student Members $ 60.00

Seminar Fee includes the full day seminar attendance, a copy of the presentation material, and breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.

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