Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits

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Objectifs du cours

This one-day course presents the challenges, measurement and modeling methods as well as design guidelines for electromagnetic compatibility of integrated circuits. Firstly, a set of basic concepts is proposed as an introduction, covering specific units, parasitic impedance of interconnects, origin of noise, noise margins, time/frequency conversion and 50 Ω adaptation. The second focus concerns parasitic emission, how to design low emission circuits and how to measure the IC emission using standard IEC 61967 methods. A third topic concerns susceptibility, with focus on measurement methods (IEC 62132) and hardware/software techniques to improve immunity to interference. The fourth part is related to modeling approaches for predicting EMC (IEC 62433), based on standards such as IBIS, ICEM and ICIM. Finally, roadmaps and future challenges are discussed, including 3D-IC EMC. Illustrations of these concepts are made using IC-EMC, an electric circuit schematic editor with interface to analog simulator and EMC-oriented post-processing tools. The course benefits from the most recent advances in standardization & research (IEC, EMC Compo, IEEE EMC) and research projects in partnership with industry. At the end of this course, you will understand the mechanisms of parasitic emission; take part in a global emission and susceptibility reduction strategy; handle standard measurements of emission and susceptibility; and design circuits with reduced interference problems.


IC design principles.

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SME linked to noise problems at IC level, IC designers, PhD in IC design, teachers in IC design.



Etienne SICARD, Professor at INSA Toulouse, France

Etienne Sicard received his B.Sc degree in 1984 and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toulouse, France, in 1987. He spent 18 months at Osaka University, Japan, and one year as an invited professor at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain. Etienne SICARD is currently a professor at INSA, Toulouse, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a visiting professor at the electronics department of Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 2004. His research interests include several aspects of CAD tools for the design and electromagnetic compatibility of integrated circuits. He is the author of books, software and more than 100 technical papers in these areas. He is the co-author of the first book dedicated to EMC of ICs (Springer 2006). Etienne is a member of the SEE society and a senior member of the IEEE. He served as IEEE distinguished lecturer for the IEEE EMC society on the topic EMC of ICs from 2006 to 2007.

Informations et inscription

Date et Lieu (jj.mm.aaaa)
09:00 – 17:00
Lausanne (CH), EPFL
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1 day


CHF 690.00

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Etienne Sicard