PCB Design for RF and High-Speed Digital Applications


    2 Days


    This 2-day technical course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of designing modern printed circuit boards (PCBs) for RF and high-speed digital applications. Although PCB design and layout is a final step in the circuit design process, it remains one of the most important. Modern circuits frequently contain both analogue and high-speed digital circuits operating in close proximity. In order to obtain the required performance, it is essential for designers to have a solid understanding of PCB design challenges and techniques together with good layout practice. The course provides a thorough overview of modern PCB design principles and practice and is presented by an expert with over 25 years of experience in the RF and wireless industry. Throughout the course, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss your PCB design challenges with the course instructor.


    • Fundamentals of digital and RF circuits
    • Transmission line fundamentals
    • Use of transmission lines
    • Controlling and measuring line impedance
    • PCB materials and fabrication processes
    • Noise, interference and crosstalk
    • Power supply distribution and decoupling
    • Grounding
    • Electromagnetic interference
    • PCB parasitics
    • PCB design rules
    • Case studies


    This technical course is aimed at those working with RF and wireless circuits, high-speed digital logic and mixed-signal circuits. Typically, participants would include RF design engineers, wireless design engineers, RF applications engineers, digital design engineers, hardware design engineers, hardware applications engineers, PCB layout engineers and technical managers who wish to improve their understanding of PCB design and fabrication in order to better manage the design process.


    This is a technical course and the ability to assimilate and understand technical concepts is essential. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course. Participants would normally be qualified to degree level or have equivalent experience in an engineering, physics or mathematics-related subject. Please contact our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123 or complete the contact form below if you are unsure about the technical level of the course.


    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Understand the challenges of modern RF and high-speed digital PCB design
    • Better understand PCB design and manufacturing technology, materials and processes
    • Identify and troubleshoot sources of EMI and the impact of grounding and digital noise
    • Know how to minimise cross-coupling between circuits
    • Understand performance limitations of physical components and packaging types
    • Know how to correctly layout RF and high-speed digital PCB designs
    • Reduce development costs and time to market due to fewer PCB design iterations


    The course will take place on the following dates in 2017:

    Course Code RF1311
    Day 1 – Monday 13 November 2017, Registration: 9:00-9:30 AM, Start: 9:30 AM, Finish: 5:00 PM
    Day 2 – Tuesday 14 November 2017, Start: 9:00 AM, Finish: 4:30 PM
    Places Available: Yes


    £995 + £199 VAT = £1194 GBP
    UK Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 20%


    Course fees cover tuition, morning and afternoon refreshments, lunches and full-colour printed notes. Each participant will also receive a PDF Certificate of Attendance. Accommodation and travel costs are not included in the course fees.


    Rohde & Schwarz UK, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UZ, UK

    Travel by Car
    Ample car parking is available at Rohde & Schwarz UK.

    Travel by Train
    The nearest railway station is Fleet, Station Approach, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 3QY, UK.
    Rohde & Schwarz UK is 15 mins walk from the railway station or a short taxi ride.

    Travel by Air
    Heathrow airport is 26 miles (42 km) and Gatwick airport is 48 miles (77 km) from Rohde & Schwarz UK. If you are travelling by air, then we can reserve a taxi for you. The driver will meet you at arrivals and transfer you either to your hotel or directly to the course venue. Please call our office on +44 (0)1962 920 123 if you require any travel assistance.


    Please note that accommodation costs are not included in the course fees. Hotels and B&Bs can be found in the area including:

    Premier Inn Fleet – distance from hotel to course venue=0.8 miles (1.2 km)
    The Lismoyne Hotel – distance from hotel to course venue=1.7 miles (2.7 km)
    The Elvetham Hotel – distance from hotel to course venue=3.6 miles (5.8 km)


    We encourage you to read our full Terms & Conditions, which cover important issues like payment and cancellation policies.


    We want to ensure that our courses meet or exceed your expectations. Therefore, if you attend a scheduled course and conclude by lunch time of the first day that the course is unsuitable, then simply notify the course instructor and we will arrange to refund 100% of the course fee. You must leave the course at this time and return all learning materials and handouts to the instructor for the guarantee to apply.


    A cancellation fee of 20% will apply for cancellations received 7-14 days before the start of a course. Cancellations received less than 7 days before are not refundable. Substitute delegates can be made any time before a course starts.


    Upon registering for a course, confirmation will be emailed immediately followed by the Course Joining Instructions and a VAT Invoice within 1 working day. We strongly recommend that you do not make any firm travel and/or accommodation commitments until you receive final confirmation that the course will definitely go ahead. This is sent as soon as the minimum number of attendees has been reached to make the course viable and no later than 1 week before the scheduled course start date.

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