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2017 Mini Symposium - Technical Exchange

Date: October 12, 2017

Venue: Biltmore Hotel Santa Clara

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NOTE: There will be a 30 minute mid-morning and a mid-afternoon refreshment breaks in the exhibit hall.

Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits: 7:30 AM

Morning Session: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Common PCB Layout Errors that Cause Products to Fail to Meet EMC Requirements

Presenter: Dr. Todd Hubing

In the growing number of products that must meet all of their EMC requirements on the first test pass, printed circuit board (PCB) layout can be an arduous process that requires an advanced level of expertise. But while laying out a board that is guaranteed to comply is difficult, designing a board that is likely to comply is something that can be done by most product engineers with a little training and experience. Good circuit board layout is mostly a matter of recognizing potential problem areas and maintaining control of unwanted coupling paths. This presentation steps through the process of reviewing printed circuit board layouts for EMC compliance. It identifies common mistakes that are often responsible for EMC problems and provides guidelines for avoiding these mistakes.

Lunch & Exhibits: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Afternoon Session: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Signal Integrity Designs for 56Gb/s and Beyond

Presenter: Dr. Jun Fan

Interconnects are moving toward a higher speed of 56 to 100 Gb/s data rate in a single physical channel, to meet the requirements of various emerging applications hunger for data communications. This presents significant challenges in high-speed designs to ensure signal and power integrity as well as mitigate electromagnetic radiation. This talk will discuss some promising new technologies in packaging, power delivery, signal encoding, PCB/connector measurement and modeling, etc., that may help the industry to achieve the design objectives for the next generation interconnects. A few examples will be discussed in detail to demonstrate the challenges and progress. In addition, some measurement and modeling methodologies for signal integrity will be introduced. The following is a general outline:

  • Challenges and design difficulties for higher data rate
  • PCB material characterization and measurement techniques for high-speed channel
  • Via modeling methodologies and applications in PCB and package
  • PAM4 channel analysis
  • Evaluations of possible solutions for new challenges

Reception & Exhibits: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

There will be an exhibition by vendors of EMC design, test and measurement products and services. During the reception in the exhibit area, heavy appetizers and beverages will be served. You are welcome to attend the reception only at NO CHARGE, provided a registration form is submitted in advance. Thus, if you can't join us for the entire day, drop by for the reception and exhibition to network with the speakers and attendees as well as vendors. You might even win a raffle prize! Anyone who ONLY wishes to attend the Reception & Exhibits must register here.


Dr. Todd Hubing

Dr. Todd Hubing is a Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University and President of LearnEMC. Dr. Hubing holds a BSEE degree from MIT, an MSEE degree from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He was an engineer at IBM for 7 years and a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Rolla for 17 years before joining Clemson University in 2006. As the Michelin Professor of Vehicle Electronics at Clemson, he established the Clemson Vehicular Electronics Laboratory where he supervised research projects and taught classes in vehicle electronics, electromagnetic compatibility and digital signal integrity. At LearnEMC, he provides EMC instruction, consulting and design assistance to engineers working in the automotive, a erospace and consumer electronics industries. Dr. Hubing has authored or co-authored over 200 papers and presentations on electromagnetic modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and the design of reliable electronic systems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEE), a Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society, and a Past-President of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society.

Dr. Jun Fan

Dr. Jun Fan (S’97-M’00-SM’06-F’16) received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2000. From 2000 to 2007, he worked for NCR Corporation, San Diego, CA, as a Consultant Engineer. In July 2007, he joined the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), and is currently a Professor and Director of the Missouri S&T EMC Laboratory. Dr. Fan also serves as the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Electromagnetic Compatibility and Senior Investigator of Missouri S&T Material Research Center. His research interests include signal integrity and EMI designs in high-speed digital systems, dc power-bus modeling, intra-system EMI and RF interference, PCB noise reduction, differential signaling, and cable/connector designs. In the IEEE EMC Society, Dr. Fan served as the Chair of the TC-9 Computational Electromagnetics Committee from 2006 to 2008, the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2016, and a Distinguished Lecturer in 2007 and 2008. He currently is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility and IEEE EMC Magazine. Dr. Fan received an IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award in August 2009.

Registration Rates:

IEEE Member received by September 1 $275
IEEE member received September 1 - October 1 $325
IEEE member received after October 1 and at door $375
NON-IEEE member additional charge from above rate $50
Retiree/unemployed/student (full time)* $100
Personnel for staffing table top display only (presentations, program, and meals NOT included) No charge
Per person for personnel staffing table top displays only on October 12 with ALL meals included $75

*Full time students only with valid student ID presented on site

Group Discount: Any registration of a group of 5 or more from the same company will qualify for the rate of IEEE members . Please use the above payment or contact Caroline Chan. An invoice for payment will be sent to you.

NOTE: Payment accepted onsite at the event on 10/12 as well for last minute registration. You do not need to be registered with Paypal to pay with Paypal.


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NOTE: The registration fee includes one copy of the technical program, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, and the reception at the conclusion of the event. The organizing committee reserves the right to substitute speakers, restrict size, or to cancel the event and exhibition. In the event the organizing committee cancels this event, registration fees will be fully refunded. Individuals canceling their registration prior to October 3 will receive a full refund. No refunds will be made to individuals who cancel their registration after October 3. Substitutions are allowed. Attendance is limited. Registration will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.

For those of you traveling from out of town, you can get a discounted rate at the Biltmore Hotel & Suites Santa Clara. Guestroom reservations at the Biltmore Hotel may be made by calling the hotel directly at (408) 988-8411. A limited number of guest rooms are being held for the “2017 IEEE EMC Mini-Symposium” or “booking ID 33899” at the rate of $229 for a standard room and $249 for a suite – includes wireless internet access, plus tax, for single or double occupancy, and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Mention "2017 IEEE EMC Mini-Symposium or booking ID 33899" to receive the reduced rate. These rooms are being held on a first come, first served basis until the block is sold out or the cut-off date of October 1, 2017 – whichever comes first. There is no charge for parking at the hotel..


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