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Seminar: Understanding, Troubleshooting and Mitigating the Most Common EMC Issues

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Kenneth Wyatt

Principal Consultant
Wyatt Technical Services LLC

Date and time:

April 16th, 2024

From 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific time


This class will be hosted online via Zoom.

Price: $245



Understanding, troubleshooting and mitigating the most common EMC issues on the bench top!

Why attend our online seminar on the most common EMC issues by Kenneth Wyatt: With all the many pressures you have as a product designer, does electromagnetic compliance (EMC) always seems like a stumbling block to delaying product sales? Is your product exhibiting one of the top three failures; radiated emissions, electrostatic discharge or radiated immunity? Are you continually cycling between design/fixing – running to the compliance test lab – failing again – and back to applying more fixes? Wondering how to attack these issues earlier in the design cycle? Would you like to learn how to characterize and troubleshoot simple design issues right on your workbench? Then this is the training for you!

We’ll start with radiated emissions, because it is usually the number one challenge for most product designers. In Part 1 we’ll go over the basic theory and product “design for compliance” techniques to reduce radiated emissions. In Part 2, I’ll describe my simple 3-step process on how to characterize, troubleshoot and mitigate common causes of radiated emissions in-house and right on the bench top. Case studies included.

One of the best ways to reduce the chances of radiated emissions or a variety of immunity issues is to get the PC board design and stack-up designed properly from an EMC and signal/power integrity viewpoint. Once you understand that digital signals propagate as electromagnetic waves within the dielectric space between the circuit trace and adjacent return plane, it will all make sense. Circuit traces are waveguides!

The next module will take us through troubleshooting and mitigating radiated immunity and ESD; usually the number 2 and 3 EMC issues product designers face today. I’ve developed simple methods for locating, simulating the failures and mitigating solutions in-house, where you have plenty of resources available. No more need to run back and forth to a 3rd-party test lab to perform this troubleshooting! Several case studies will be included.

Finally, many designers are incorporating wireless technology within their products. In many cases, self-generated EMI from the board couples to sensitive wireless and (especially) cellular receivers and reduces the sensitivity to the point where the system fails basic performance criteria. In most cases, I find that broadband EMI from digital bus activity or from DC-DC converters are the main culprits and I’ll cover “ten tips” for reducing this coupled EMI. While the content is focussed on wireless, the concepts are equally valid for reducing EMI for any product. We’ll wrap up with an interesting case study.



8:00 to 9:30 AM PT – Radiated emissions – Part 1 (basics and theory)

10:00 to 11:30 AM PT – Radiated emissions – Part 2 (troubleshooting)

12:00 to 12:30 PM PT – PC board design for low EMI

12:45 to 1:45 PM PT – Bench top troubleshooting ESD and radiated immunity

2:00 to 3:00 PM PT – Controlling self-generated EMI for wireless and IoT designs


About Kenneth Wyatt

Kenneth Wyatt is principal consultant of Wyatt Technical Services LLC and served three years as the senior technical editor for Interference Technology magazine from 2016 through 2018. He has worked in the field of EMC engineering for over 30 years with a specialty in EMI troubleshooting and pre-compliance testing.

He is a co-author of the popular EMC Pocket Guide and RFI Radio Frequency Interference Pocket Guide. He also co-authored the book with Patrick André, EMI Troubleshooting Cookbook for Product Designers, with forward by Henry Ott. He recently completed and released a three-volume “EMC Troubleshooting Trilogy”, which is now available through Amazon.

He is widely published and authors a monthly column, Practical EMC, for the Signal Integrity Journal, has blogged for for many years and continues to write for Interference Technology Magazine. Ken is a senior life member of the IEEE and a longtime member of the EMC Society.


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