2018 Symposium on signal integrity

Brings together students, researchers, and professionals

The Center for Signal Integrity at Penn State Harrisburg will host the 12th Central Pennsylvania Symposium on Signal Integrity, Friday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capital Union Building on campus. Signal integrity involves the quality of electrical signals passing through connectors used in electronic devices such as computers or cellular phones. 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from international experts about the latest developments in signal integrity and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with them, as well as other professionals and local business leaders.

This year, the event will include speakers and hands-on workshops. The following speakers are scheduled to present at the symposium:

• Dr. Guoan Wang, University of South Carolina - Topic: “Toward Fully Electrically Reconfigurable RF and Microwave Technologies with Novel Thin Films and Techniques”
• OJ Danzy and Russ Kramer, Keysight - Topic: “The Power Integrity Ecosystem…..It’s More than Decoupling Capacitors”
• Chris Mesibov, Ansys - Topic: "Advancements in the SI/PI Simulation Process”
• Dr. Piero Triverio, University of Toronto - Topic: “Fast Electromagnetic Analysis of 3D Interconnects Using a Surface Integral Formulation"
• Richard Mellitz, Samtec - Topic: “Effective Return Loss for 112 and 56G PAM 4”
• Jason Ellison, Amphenol ICC - Topic: “In Situ Stripline Laminate Property Extraction Accounting for Effective Surface Roughness Losses”
• Chris Scholz, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc.  - Topic: “Signal Integrity Tools for PAM4 and Beyond”
• Tracey Vincent, CST - Topic: “Leveraging Complete Technology for Connector and other SI applications”

The Center for Signal Integrity is housed within the college’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology and is the only academic unit in the region that is dedicated to partnering with the area’s connector companies in product development through faculty and student research and collaboration. 

The Center for Signal Integrity assists Central Pennsylvania’s numerous connector companies with product development by fostering collaboration between them and the college’s engineering faculty and students. The center is partially funded by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Pennsylvania, Penn State Harrisburg, ANSYS, Amphenol, The Siemon Company, Samtec, TE-Connectivity, Innovation Transfer Network, and Keysight Technologies.

Known as the “connector capital of the world,” the Harrisburg Metropolitan area is home to more than 25 electrical connector companies. Dr. Sedig Agili and Dr. Aldo Morales, co-directors of the center and electrical engineering faculty members at Penn State Harrisburg, estimate that the region holds 80 to 90 percent of the U.S. connector market and about half of the market worldwide. 

The cost for the symposium is $210 for the general public, $168 for member companies and $12 for students. The fee includes breakfast and lunch. For registration or information please visit http://harrisburg.psu.edu/center-signal-integrity/symposium or contact Dr. Aldo Morales at [email protected], Dr. Sedig Agili at [email protected], or Ms. Deb Miller at [email protected].

IEEE Susquehanna section is partially sponsoring this year’s symposium.