Design for EMC

Course length:

3 Days



Course dates

  • May 14 2024

    3 days, 08:30 AM EDT - 04:30 PM EDT
    Daryl Gerke
    • $2,190.00 excl.
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The goal of this three-day course is to prepare electronics design and systems personnel with the necessary information to identify, design and fix EMC (and many closely related Signal Integrity) design problems.  This course addresses emissions, ESD, RFI, power, and self-compatibility.  It focuses on components, Printed Circuit Boards, power electronics, grounding, and shielding and includes over 35 practical design EMC fixes.

We consider SI a special case of EMC and while the design techniques are often the same, the levels can be vastly different. SI deals with millivolt/milliamp levels. – EMC often deals with microvolt/microamp levels. While not an in-depth class on Signal Integrity, this class covers some important basics of SI.

The class is taught by an expert in the field in a practical problem/solution format with minimal math and theory.  It is about design rather than regulations or testing, emphasizing common interference and signal problems faced by the designers of today’s high-speed digital and mixed digital/analog circuits and systems.

Course notes and the EDN guide are included.


Who Should Attend:

Electronics, mechanical and systems engineers and technicians, EMC personnel and technical managers could all benefit.  No prior EMC knowledge is needed.

What You Will Learn:

You will learn tools, tips, and techniques from a full-time practitioner (Daryl Gerke. PE), whose only business is solving and preventing EMC and related signal integrity problems. He has prevented or solved hundreds of EMI problems for clients in a wide range of industries. He has co-authored three books on EMC and over 200 technical articles.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction
    -Interference Sources, Paths, and Receptors
    -Key Threats in EMC and SI
    -EMI Regulations & Impact on Design
    -Signal Integrity and EMC
    -Looking for “Hidden Transmitters” and “Hidden Antennas”
  • Frequency, Time, and Dimensions Dealing with “Hidden Schematics”
    -Transmission Lines and “Hidden Antennas”
    -Common Mode & Differential Mode
  • Components
    -Passive Components and Their Limitations
    -EMC Effects in Active Components
    -Simple EMC Filters and How to Design Them
    -Clock and Reset Circuits
    -On-Board Power Regulators
  • General PCB Issues
    -Identifying Critical Circuits
    -Component Placement
    -PCB Stack-up Recommendations
    -Isolated or “Split” Planes
    -I/O Treatments
    -Circuit Board Grounding
    -Power Decoupling
    -Buried Capacitance
    -Trace Routing and Terminations
  • Power Electronics
    -Power Quality and EMI
    -Filters & Transient Protection
    -Switch Mode Power Supply Design for EMC
  • Grounding
    -Function of a Ground
    -Safety and EMI
    -Single Point, Multi Point, and Hybrid Grounds
    -Ground Loops
    -Signal Grounds
    -Analog Grounds
    -EMC Grounding Guidelines
  • Shielding
    -Materials & Limitations
    -Dealing with Openings and Penetrations
    -Magnetic Field Shielding Issues
    -Cable Grounding
    -Cable Shielding & Connectors
    -Cable Crosstalk
    -EMC Shielding Design Guidelines
  • Appendices with checklists


Daryl Gerke, PE, has worked in the electronics field for over 40 years. He received his BSEE from the University of Nebraska. His experience range includes design and systems engineering with industry leaders like Collins Radio, Sperry Defense Systems, Tektronix, and Intel. Since 1987, he has been involved exclusively with EMI/EMC as a founding partner of Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. Daryl has qualified numerous systems to industrial, commercial, military, medical, vehicular, and related EMI/EMC requirements.


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