Published by Eric Bogatin on 09 Jul 2013
On July 8, 2013, we announced the end of all public and on-site signal integrity training classes. You can read the full press release here.
The last classes will be presented in Longmont, CO, in Nov, 2013. You still have one last chance to attend one of our popular classes. Details and registration can be found on www.beTheSignal.com
For the last 25 years, we’ve had the great fun of training and lecturing to more than 10,000 engineers world wide. At one time, we had as many as eight folks in our small company. For the last two years, its been me, Susan and Mike Rouiller as our web master, with the support of our parent company, Teledyne LeCroy.
Over the years, we evolved our classes as the industry changed and evolved. Surprisingly, our essential principles class has remained as our most popular, foundation building class. It was the basis of my first signal integrity textbook, Signal Integrity- Simplified.
We started out initially emphasizing the importance of commercially available measurement and simulation tools. Our early classes introduced modeling and simulation using SPICE and measurement analysis of TDR and VNA results.
These features evolved to our 2-day S-Parameters for SI class. This has really been a unique class in the industry. No where else could you get an overview of S-parameters, starting from the ground up. We removed the math to reveal the important underlying principles of S-parameters so you can use the results the next time you were given an S-parameter file, or created one from a measurement or simulation.
Many of the principles of S-parameters are illustrated in our classes using the measured results from a Teledyne LeCroy SPARQ Signal Integrity Network Analyzer.
Two years ago, we worked an arrangement with Mentor Graphics to include hands on labs using HyperLynx. For each module in every class, we created a series of simple circuits using HyperLynx which illustrate the principles introduced in the class.
These hands on labs used in class evolved to a series of hands on labs available for free download from our web site. These are available to all members of the beTheSignal.com community.
In the last ten years, the proliferation of high speed serial links prompted us to introduce our latest class, Advanced Gigabit Channel Design. This pulled together many of the principles of high speed design, focusing on differential pairs and the four important problems to design out of every channel.
Having taught for more than 30 years, I still find, even in the class I taught last week, that I always learn something new from the process of teaching and the opportunity to meet with and interact with my students.
While our industry wide training classes will soon come to an end, my teaching will not. I intend to continue teaching a class now and then at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I am on the adjunct faculty, and occasionally lecturing in the industry. I still have a few textbooks left in me to finish up and release through Prentice Hall. At the university, I am enjoying the refreshing chance to work with undergraduate and graduate students on research projects related to signal integrity and interconnect design applications. And what would DesignCon be without a Bogatin speed training event or tutorial lecture?
Two years ago, Bogatin Enterprises was acquired by Teledyne LeCroy. At the time, we decided to continue our classes, as before, but to eventually bring them to an end so that I could free up my time to get involved in strategic product development activities. While one of my loves is teaching, another is measurement technology and measurement analysis to turn data into answers. I am looking forward to the opportunity in my new role to introduce new products from Teledyne LeCroy that will help you get to the right answer faster.
One door closes and another door opens…..
Maybe I will see you in one of our upcoming events. Check out the schedule at www.beTheSignal.com.