We likewise felt a good vibe from DesignCon this year. The crowds flocking to papers and panels related to jitter and de-embedding, with many sold out, was good to see. This reflects on a need to solve challenges that are beginning to emerge as our customers grapple with 8+ Gb/sec signaling on FR-4 circuit boards.
From a signal integrity perspective, discussions revolved around accurate de-embedding practices and how to perform them with confidence. Questions/comments like; S Parameters from a Vector Network Analyzer or a Time Domain Reflectometry methodology? Where and how to take the measurement? What role does probing play? Do the models reflect reality? The industry is looking for direction – and found lots of it at DesignCon.
At the Tektronix booth, our most popular displays and demos centered around Gen 3 serial standards like PCI Express 3.0 and 10G Ethernet. From the buzz and traffic, it’s clear that technology is advancing – along with the challenges.
Chris Loberg, Tektronix
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.