Screenshot of Zuken’s CR-8000 showing EMI analysis results on a high-speed circuit board

System-Level PCB Analysis: Managing Complexity in Electronic Systems


The rapid advancement of electronic systems brings with it a new era characterized by increased design complexity. The relentless demand for higher data rates, lower power consumption, and smaller form factors pushes the boundaries of design challenges. Among these challenges, managing signal integrity (SI), power integrity (PI), and electromagnetic interference (EMI) are increasingly crucial.

The Importance of System-Level PCB Analysis

Conducting system-level SI, PI, and EMI analysis is essential to address the growing complexity of electronic designs and ensure robust system performance. This holistic approach considers the entire system, encompassing various boards, cables, and components. By adopting system-level PCB analysis, engineers can identify and proactively mitigate SI and PI problems before they manifest as potential system failures. A comprehensive evaluation enables them to optimize system performance and reliability.

Screenshot of Zuken’s CR-8000 software showing the results of Integrated system-level analysis
Integrated system-level analysis with CR-8000

Extending Analysis to the Package Level

In addition to chips and boards, it is imperative to extend SI and PI analysis to the package level. This becomes particularly vital when incorporating cutting-edge packaging technologies like chiplet and MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems). The package itself introduces its own set of SI and PI challenges, such as signal reflections and power noise. Design engineers must thoroughly analyze and develop effective mitigation strategies to ensure optimal SI and PI throughout the design.

Empowering Design Engineers with CR-8000

To navigate the complexities of system-level SI, PI, and EMI analysis, Zuken offers the CR-8000 suite of tools. These powerful tools provide design engineers with the capabilities to perform comprehensive evaluations using IBIS (I/O Buffer Information Specification) models. Leveraging this advanced functionality, design engineers can identify and address potential SI, PI, and EMI issues at an early stage in the design process. By doing so, they can significantly reduce the time and cost associated with product development. CR-8000 minimizes design iterations, leading to highly optimized designs in less time.

Screenshot of Zuken’s CR-8000 showing EMI analysis results on a high-speed circuit board
EMI analysis for high-speed board design

Unlocking Design Excellence

System-level PCB analysis is a critical aspect of modern electronic system design. By adopting system-level PCB analysis methodologies and leveraging the capabilities of CR-8000, design engineers can ensure superior SI, PI, and EMI performance. This approach allows for early detection and mitigation of potential issues, resulting in efficient design iterations and accelerated time to market.

Stay ahead of the competition and achieve design excellence with Zuken’s CR-8000 suite of tools. Embrace system-level PCB analysis to unlock the full potential of your electronic system designs. Contact us today to learn how CR-8000 can empower your design process.

Steve Watt
Steve Watt
Manager of Engineering Operations, SOZO Center at Zuken USA Inc.
Steve Watt is an Engineering Manager, focused on helping customers utilize and adopt Zuken tools to optimize their design processes. He also works to improve Zuken's products with the help of customers. Steve is an avid skier and occasional sailor.