Control of Noise, EMI & SI seminar image

Location: First Hotel Grand, Odense, Denmark

Date: 8-9 May.

Control of Noise, EMI & SI seminar (2 days)

Knowing how to design circuit boards to contain and control energy (fields) and knowing how to mitigate and control the effects of high speed devices is the key to successful design of low noise circuits. This 2 day seminar with signal integrity guru, Richard Hartley, is a crisp focus of the issues PCB designers and engineers need to know to prevent problems with noise, EMI & signal integrity. Moreover, you will learn how to deal with crosstalk and grounding problems in high speed digital and mixed signal designs.

Every seminar participant got something out of this noise, EMI & signal integrity seminar the last time it was held. It received 4,8 stars out of 5 stars!

Price for the Seminar:

Seminar: 1000

Seminar including One Night: 1150

Seminar including Two Nights: 1300

Agenda: Rick Hartley 8-9th of May 2018.

Monday, 7th. May 2018:

from 15.00 ->  Arrival and Check-in for overnight guests.

Tuesday, 8th. May 2018:  

08.30: Arrival of remaining participants.

In the Saloon a delicious morning breakfast awaits including various types of cheese and meats, served with bread rolls and coffee & tea.

09.00: Introduction and seminar with Rick Hartley.

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11.00 Tea & Coffee break.

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12.30 Lunch includes the formidable courses seen below. (Beverages included) 45 min

  • Shrimpsalat with fresh herbs and crème fraiche
  • Fennelsalami with pickled mushrooms.
  • Smoked Duck with Mango Chutney
  • Cold Pork Rib Roast with crispy crackling and homemade red cabbage salat.
  • Tallegio Cheese with pickled nuts.
  • Crème brûlée with caramelized sugar.
    *If you have any special diets or allergies, please let us know as soon as possible.

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15.15: Time for renewed energy!
Afternoon Break with coffee & tea including a snack buffet with chocolate muffins.

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17.30: Seminar expected to be done for the day.

Social dinner, two course gourmet meal including two glasses of wine.


  • Smoked Salmon with handpicked shrimps, creamy smoked cheese (specialty in Funen), vaniliapickled buckthorn with chrispy chips and herbsalat.

Main Course:

  • Slow-roasted veal with asparagus, pickled cauliflower and red onion, rhubarb crudité, new potatoes with herbs and butter with a creamy vealstock
  • Coffee & Tea with something sweet.After the meal we expect the seminar to be done for the day. It is possible for people to spend the night at the hotel if they wish.

Wedensday, 9th. May 2018:

08.00: Arrival of participants

In the Saloon a delicious morning breakfast awaits including various types of cheese and meats, served with bread rolls and coffee & tea.

08.30: Introduction and seminar with Rick Hartley

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10.30: Tea & Coffee break.

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12.00 Lunch includes the formidable courses seen below. (Beverages included)

  • Smoked halibut with eggs and chive
  • Roastbeef with homemade rémoulade and roasted onions
  • Smoked Pork Tenderloin with eggs and herbs
  • Smoked veal with artichokes and pickled onions
  • San Simon cheese with olives
  • Chocolate mousse with freeze-dried raspberries

*If you have any special diets or allergies, please let us know as soon as possible.

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14.45: Time for renewed energy! Afternoon Break with coffee & tea including a snackbuffet with chocolate chip cookie cake.

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17.00: Seminar is expected to be finished.

We thank you for an educational seminar and bid you farewell for now.




Day 1 –
• Impact of frequency on PCB layout
• Frequency – analog vs. digital
• Lumped vs. distributed length lines
• Basic essentials of Grounding
• Noise – what is it and why it occurs
• Where energy travels in circuits
• Transmission lines and return current paths
• Grounding concepts to Avoid!
• Critical Importance of proper plane assignment
• Common misuse of planes
• Routing and reflections
• Propagation Time and Velocity
• Impact of nearby traces on impedance
• Importance of Reflection Mode Switching
• New thoughts on line termination
• Impact of long Ts in transmission lines
• Proper DDR routing
• Vcc and ground bounce
• Cross Talk … what is it … exactly
• Determining levels of Cross Talk
• Guard Traces – Useful or Not?

• Differential pair basics
• Differential impedance … what really matters
• Differential pair cross talk
• Differential pair length matching and skew issues
• Differential line termination styles

Day 2 –

• Basic types of EMI
• Antenna basics and radiators in systems
• Keys to controlling common mode energy
• Component placement impact on EMI
• Ground- To Split or not to Split
• Extreme Importance of I/O connector placement
• Impact of connector pin assignments
• Board routing to control EMI and noise
• Power distribution and decoupling
• Inductance of Vias, Planes and Capacitors
• Capacitor placement vs. Via Inductance
• IC impact on power system noise
• Decoupling boards without power planes
• Decoupling conventional 4-layer boards
• Decoupling high layer count boards
• Impact of via and plane inductance
• Analog IC decoupling
• Ferrites in the power bus
• Plane pairs with Ultra-thin dielectrics
• Extreme importance of PCB stack-up
• PCB stack-ups that work for SI and EMI control
• Severely Improved 4 Layer boards
• Much Improved 6 and 8 Layer boards
• PC Board Stack-ups to Avoid at all costs!
• I/O filtering- Low and high frequency
• I/O setup- Metal vs. plastic enclosures
• Slots and openings in enclosures
• Proper shielding of cables, low and high frequency
• How many cables inside the system?
• Routing of internal and external cables
• Heatsinks and EMI
• Using chassis as a heatsink.
• Switch Mode Power Supplies – Layout to control EMI

Each attendee will receive a color PDF of the overheads, as well as a reduced set for
printing, both of which can be utilized for note taking and future reference.


Reading list

About instructor

Richard Hartley, Noise, EMI & signal integrity expert

Rick Hartley is the Principal of RHartley Enterprises through which he consults and teaches internationally. Rick’s focus is on correct design of PC boards to prevent & solve noise, EMI and signal integrity problems. He has consulted with major corporations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US.

His design career has focused on circuits and PC boards for computers, aircraft avionics, telecommunications and the automotive industry. Rick has a degree in engineering from Ohio Technical Institute and 50 years of experience in electronics. He has dedicated the past 38 years to PC board and circuit development with emphasis on control of noise, in both Digital and RF circuits.

He is a past member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design Magazine and has written many technical papers on methods to control EMI and signal integrity. He is currently on the IPC Designers Council Executive Board, is a past president of the Greater Ohio IPC DC Chapter and is a past international chairman of the IPC Designers Council.



Seminar Sponsors

Innofour & Polar Instruments