Samtec blog readers are used to hearing about high-performance design. However, we see an increase in intertest in power integrity (PI). PI grows more crucial with each design iteration, yet many engineers are just starting to understand PI.
That raises an interesting question. How can an engineer learn more about PI?
Samtec’s Istvan Novak will answer that question in the Electronic Systems SI/PI Forum Keynote. His course is entitled “Is Power Integrity the New Black Magic?” The forum is sponsored by Cadence Design Systems.
About Istvan Novak
As a Principal SI/PI Engineer at Samtec, Istvan Novak works on advanced SI/PI designs. Prior to 2018 he was a Distinguished Engineer at SUN Microsystems/Oracle. He worked on new technology development, advanced power distribution, and SI design and validation methodologies for SUN’s successful workgroup server families.
Istvan introduced the industry’s first 25 μm power-ground laminates for large rigid computer boards, and worked with component vendors to create a series of low inductance and controlled-ESR bypass capacitors.
He also served as SUN’s representative on the Copper Cable and Connector Workgroup of InfiniBand. Istvan also was engaged in the methodologies, designs and characterization of power-distribution networks from silicon to DC-DC converters.
He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE with twenty-nine patents to his name, author of two books on power integrity, teaches signal and power integrity courses, and maintains a popular SI/PI website. Istvan was named Engineer of the Year at DesignCon 2020. He will participate in the following sessions.
Power integrity (PI) is a relatively new discipline, emerging after electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and signal integrity (SI), and is quickly becoming the key challenge for system, circuit, board, package, and silicon designers.
Some industry experts say that as SI has matured, PI has now become the new black magic. This talk will examine the reasons why PI is so difficult and will analyze past predictions and current challenges.
The safety and reliability concerns brought on by the proliferation of power electronic circuits in all walks of life will be discussed, from tiny energy-harvesting circuits, through consumer electronics products, to high-power electronics in autonomous vehicles.