Speeding Edge to Conduct High-Speed PCB and System Design Classes in Burlingame, California and Toronto, Canada

    Lee Ritchey's Renowned Two-Day Class to Be Offered in Public Venues

    GLEN ELLEN, CALIF., June 18 /CNW/ - Speeding Edge, a leading industry
training and consulting firm specializing in the high-speed PCB and system
design disciplines, today announced that company president, Lee Ritchey, will
conduct his renowned two-day, high-speed PCB and system design class in two
public sites. The first class will be held in Burlingame, California, August
6-7, 2007 and the second class will be held October 15-16, 2007, in Markham
(Toronto), Canada. Those wishing to attend either course can register for the
class through the company's website, www.speedingedge.com

    Lee Ritchey, founder and president of Speeding Edge noted, "I make
on-going changes to our two-day class based on the design issues I encounter
during my current consulting activities. We have found that when one company
has a particular design problem, it's more than likely that several companies
will be experiencing similar problems. This is due to new components being
continually introduced to the market; the resulting higher speeds of those
components and changing package design considerations. The challenges arise
when engineers are trying to integrate these new components into 'legacy'

    Speeding edge regularly conducts private on-site classes for companies
but, as Ritchey noted, "It is often helpful for students to share information
about their design problems and the various engineering techniques they are
employing to solve those problems. Conducting our courses in a public setting
allows us to share state-of-the art information with the widest audience
possible. Our goal with our classes is to get real-world information into the
hands of our students so that they can go and solve real-world design problems
the day they finish our class."

    Speeding Edge's highly-practical course is designed to take the student
through the entire process involved in designing and fabricating high-speed
PCBs. It begins with the fundamentals of electromagnetic fields and the
behavior of transmission lines that are the basis for all high-speed
signaling. From there, it examines all of the aspects of high-speed design
leading to the development of a robust set of PCB design rules that accounts
for power subsystem design, routing rules and design of PCB stack-ups as well
as the fabrication rules needed to balance performance against cost and

    The materials and examples used in this course are drawn from actual
designs of high-speed systems in current manufacture. These examples range
from video games to terabit routers and cover the complete range of designs.
The design process presented is based on many years of completing designs that
are "right the first time". Students are shown many ways to improve their
design process so that designs meet this objective. Reliable methods for
controlling and containing EMI will also be thoroughly covered.

    This course places special emphasis on very-high speed differential
signaling protocols such as XAUI, Hypertransport, PCI Express, Infiniband,
SATA, SSCSI and others that are the backbone of modern computing. Actual
circuits are built and tested and then modeled to correlate modeling
techniques. The topic of how to design power delivery systems capable of
supporting these protocols is also addressed. Further details regarding the
class are available at the company's website, www.speedingedge.com.

    Each student attending the class will receive a 3-ringer binder
containing all of the slides (numbering more than 300) used in the class as
well as a copy of the company's book, "Right the First Time, A Practical
Handbook on High Speed PCB and System Design Volume 1." The company's recently
released Volume 2 of the book is available for an additional fee of $95.00 per

    Pricing and Availability

    Students can register for either the Burlingame or Toronto class on the
Speeding Edge website, www.speedingedge.com. For those students attending the
course in Burlingame, CA, an early registration discount of $1195 for the
two-day course is available until July 16, 2007. After July 16, the cost of
the class will be $1295. For the Toronto class, an early registration discount
is available until September 24, 2007 at the price of $1195.00 (U.S.). After
September 24, the cost of registration will be $1295 (U.S.).

    About Speeding Edge

    Speeding Edge is a leading industry training and consulting firm
specializing in the high-speed PCB and system design disciplines. Founded in
1994, by Lee W. Ritchey, a recognized industry expert in these design
disciplines, the company offers private, on-site training classes to high-tech
companies as well as courses through UC Berkeley's extension program and
industry conferences and trade-shows around the world. More than 6,000
engineering professionals have attended these courses. Speeding Edge is based
in Glen Ellen, California. Additional information about Speeding Edge is
available at www.speedingedge.com.

    Speeding Edge is a trademark of Speeding Edge. All other brand or product
names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies
and should be treated as such.

For further information:

For further information: Speeding Edge Kella Knack, 707-568-3983 Vice
President of Marketing kjspeedingedge@cs.com www.speedingedge.com

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