EMC Training Video

"Low Inductance Capacitor Packages"

X2Y Training Video Presentation by: Dr. Howard Johnson

Attendees will receive free copy of this X2Y DVD training video.

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Time: 5:30 PM

The event will be held at X2Y Attenuators, 37554 Hills Tech Drive,

Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Note: X2Y has expanded their facilities to the lower level.

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Please pre-register for this free event online at: http://www.emcsociety.org/eventregistration.html then select "March" Registration Deadline: Noon on the day of the event.


Schedule of Events 
5:30 – 6:00 Pizza and Refreshments Sponsored by X2Y Attenuators
6:00 – 7:00 Video Presentation
The is a FREE event.  




X2Y Attenuators, LLC will show their newly released SiLab training video; “Low Inductance Capacitor Packages” produced by Dr. Howard Johnson. In the video, Dr. Johnson explains the importance of low-inductance capacitor structures and shows how they affect real digital systems.


The film demonstrates proper measurement of capacitors and shows comparative results of low inductance capacitors vs. ordinary capacitors on test fixture cards. There are also several performance demonstrations using an “active” FPGA demo board commissioned by X2Y Attenuators, LLC and developed by Steve Weir of Teraspeed® Consulting LLC.


Important design topics covered in the video include:


  • How to determine and minimize bypass current loops.
  • Where to place power and ground planes in a PCB stack-up
  • Metrics used to evaluate the advantage of low-inductance capacitors in designs.
  • Best practices when mounting bypass capacitors and the impact of positioning on the printed circuit board.
  • The concept of distributed plane behavior is illustrated through an animation contributed by Dr. Bruce Archambeault.


The video is 40 minutes in length and all attendees will receive a free copy of the video to take home courtesy of X2Y Attenuators, LLC.



Dr. Howard Johnson has over thirty years of experience in the field of digital design, and is an experienced system developer. He has served as a key technological contributor for many communications, networking and multimedia companies. Dr. Johnson has written three nationally-acclaimed texts:


·         High-Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic

·         High-Speed Signal Propagation: Advanced Black Magic

·         Fast Ethernet: Dawn of a New Network


as well as numerous articles for magazines and industry journals, including EDN Magazine, where he is the featured Signal Integrity columnist.

Steve Weir, Consultant, Teraspeed Consulting Group and X2Y Attenuators, LLC. Mr. Weir has more than 20 years of industry experience and holds 17 U.S. patents. He has architected a number of packet and TDM switching products. Mr. Weir is a recognized expert in power delivery and a frequent contributor to the SI-list signal-integrity reflector. He has a B.S.E.E. from Cal State - Northridge.

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X2Y Attenuators, 37554 Hills Tech Drive,

Farmington Hills, Michigan