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3G Shielding


​Alan Lupton Associates

American Circuits

Amitron Corporartion

Aurora Technical Sales

Better Boards​

Carolina Electronic Assemblers

Circuit Technology

DNA Group


Electronic Interconnect


​EMA Design Automation

Gardner & Meredith


Imaginering Inc

Keysight Technologies

Mentor, A Siemens Business

METZ Connect USA

Oak Mitsui Technologies

Oasis Scientific

Printed Circuit Design




Rogers Corporation


Sunshine Global Circuits

​Wallace Electronic Sales

​Wireless Research Center

2019 Exhibitor List

Tel:  (919) 342-0810

Keynote Address  (8:30 - 9:15, Room 2)


Speaker: Rick Hartley, RHartley Enterprises 

Title: Almost No One Uses the Right Stack-Up 

Abstract:  Of all the items we control in a PC board design, that which matters most is Stack-up.  Yes, placement, routing and other features are critical, but if board stack is compromised, all other features, by definition, are compromised.  Proper board stack must lead the way.
In this keynote we will discuss why those statements are true, as well as how to craft an ideal board stack-up, be it 2 layers, 4 layers, 6 layers or 60 layers.  We will also discuss why some of the most commonly used 4 and 6 layer board stack-ups are a disastrously bad idea and why they cause interference.  More importantly, how to fix them!

Bio:  Rick Hartley is the principal of RHartley Enterprises, through which he consults and teaches internationally.  Rick’s focus is on correct design of circuits and PC boards to prevent and/or resolve EMI, noise and signal integrity problems.  He has consulted with major corporations in the US and 12 other countries.  His career focused on computers, telecommunications and aircraft avionics, as well as the automotive and appliance space.  Rick has taught seminars at numerous conferences, including the IEEE EMC Symposium, PCB West, IPC Carolina, IPC Apex/Expo and others.  He is a member of the IPC DC Board of Directors, a past member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design Magazine and has written numerous technical papers and articles on methods to control noise, EMI and signal integrity.