Modern vs. Old School Signal Integrity w/ Donald Telian

James Sweetlove
|  Created: June 20, 2024
Modern vs. Old School Signal Integrity w/ Donald Telian

Explore the fascinating evolution of signal integrity in PCB design with industry expert Donald Telian. In this episode of the Altium OnTrack podcast, Donald delves into the differences between modern and old school signal integrity, sharing invaluable insights from his illustrious career. Learn about IBIS modeling, high-speed design, and the critical advancements that have shaped the industry.

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Episode Highlights:

  • Introduction and Career Overview: Donald Tillian shares his extensive experience in signal integrity, having worked at industry leaders like Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Cadence, which provided him a unique perspective on the field.
  • Origin of IBUs Modeling: Tillian standardized the I/O Buffer Information Specification (IBUs) models across the industry, crucial for efficient and accurate simulations.
  • Evolution of Signal Integrity: Tillian discusses how each technological speed jump has required new enabling technologies, reflecting the industry's continuous adaptation.
  • New School vs. Old School Signal Integrity: Tillian emphasizes the shift from foundational concepts like ground planes and transmission lines to modern high-speed design methodologies.
  • Complexity and Abstraction in SI: Tillian highlights the importance of simplifying complex signal integrity challenges and finding the right level of abstraction for efficient simulation.

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James Sweetlove is the Social Media Manager for Altium where he manages all social accounts and paid social advertising for Altium, as well as the Octopart and Nexar brands, as well as hosting the CTRL+Listen Podcast series. James comes from a background in government having worked as a commercial and legislative analyst in Australia before moving to the US and shifting into the digital marketing sector in 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History from USQ (Australia) and a post-graduate degree in political science from the University of Otago (New Zealand). Outside of Altium James manages a successful website, podcast and non-profit record label and lives in San Diego California.

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