World of PCB

Is this the world of PCB design that you know? The one where you spend most of your time selecting the right components, getting them all placed on your board layout, wiring everything up with traces, and sending your files off to your manufacturer? At this stage, you’re probably designing standard boards, and if someone were to mention signal integrity, crosstalk, or reflections, you’d likely feel lost. For good reason, those aren’t the kind of problems that you solve in your day-to-day work. But sooner or later you might have a high-speed PCB project slapped down on your desk. And when this happens, you better strap on your boots, because you’ll be wading through some really deep information. The truth is, there are engineers out there with doctorates that devote their entire lives to studying high-speed PCB design, like Lee Ritchey at Speeding Edge Circuits. We are by no means trying to cover everything there is to know about high-speed design. Rather, what you’ll find within is a very basic explanation of high-speed design, written for someone that just develops regular circuit boards and wants to know what’s beyond the horizon