Project Description

Course Overview

This online course uses four case studies to illustrate different approaches to designing and laying out various types of RF and high-speed digital PCB, including how a range of manufacturability problems were solved.

What you will learn
  • DDR3 SODIMM memory module PCB design case study

  • RF power amplifier PCB design case study

  • Troubleshooting EMC problems in a GPS module case study

  • PCB manufacturability case study

Technical Level


Time to Complete

Approx. 1 hr 15 mins

Course ID


Course Curriculum

4 modules – 29 video lessons – 56 mins total
– video lesson   – pdf download   – quiz

1.1 DDR3 SODIMM Memory  
1.2 DDR2 and DDR3 Background  
1.3 Basic DRAM Chip  
1.4 Addressing Sequence  
1.5 Timing Diagram Detail  
1.6 Logic Thresholds and Signal Integrity  
1.7 Timing Accuracy  
1.8 DDR3 SODIMM – All Layers  
1.9 Layer Stack-Up  
1.10 Fly-by Connections for Control Lines  
1.11 Bi-Directional Data Bus Termination  
1.12 Termination Strategy  
1.13 A8 Tracking Example  
1.14 D8, D9, D12, D13 Termination  
1.15 DDR3 Checklist  

2.1 RF Power Amplifier  
2.2 Schematic  
2.3 RF Simulation and PCB Layout  

3.1 GPS Module Suffers Switched-Mode PSU EMC  
3.2 PCB Layout Analysis  
3.3 Experimental Solution  
3.4 Updated PCB Layout  

4.1 Manufacturability Examples  
4.2 X-Ray Analysis of Vias  
4.3 Thermal Stress on Vias  
4.4 Thermal Reliefs  
4.5 Thermal Joint Failure  
4.6 Soldering Issues  
4.7 Manufacturability X-Ray Photos  

Includes 1-year unlimited individual access to all course content

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