Register for EMC Live 2018, the 3-day online event for EMC/EMI/RFI engineers.
Learn about the latest technologies & industry standards and preview future developments.
Webinars, roundtables, and product demos are 100% online – and 100% FREE!

Modern technology

EMC Live 2018 Gold Sponsor

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation

Technical Program

Registration is Now Open! New presentations will be added, so check back often.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

10:00 – 10:45 am ET

Keynote Presentation – Amateur Astronomer Locates Lost NASA Satellite

The scientific world was excited when Scott Tilley, an amateur astronomer, rediscovered a NASA satellite, which has been lost in space for more than a decade. In late January, 2018, Tilley was scanning the skies in search of a secret US government spy satellite launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX when he found signals from the long-lost satellite called the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). Launched on March 25, 2000, its mission was to study the magnetic field protecting the Earth from cosmic radiation. But in December 2005, IMAGE stopped communicating with NASA and its mission was declared over in 2007 after scientists failed to regain control.

This keynote will describe the method Tilley used to detect the satellite and his collaboration with NASA scientists and others in the amateur astronomy community to confirm the signal was indeed from IMAGE. Details will be provided of a tracking system designed to obtain both optical and radio based astrometrical and radio based Doppler characteristics of spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO), high Earth orbit (HEO), Geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO). A description of the hardware and software used will be provided along with the operational techniques that allowed for the recovery of the IMAGE satellite.

Speaker: Scott Tilley, AScT

Scott is an Electrical Technologist by day and at night he exercises his technical skills by keeping tabs on Earth orbiting satellites. Using skills developed as an amateur radio operator (VE7TIL) and amateur astronomer he hunts satellites that are in classified orbits along with a small international team of collaborators. They share techniques and observations to refine the details of those classified object’s trajectories into accurate orbital elements that are shared publicly. Scott is motived by the technical challenge of the pursuit and helping to ensure that the use of space continues to be peaceful and transparent by all nations capable of accessing it. Recent accomplishments include the recovery of NASA’s IMAGE mission and the stunning tracking and capture of the classified GSSAP 3 and 4 missions arriving in geostationary orbit.

11:00 – 11:45 am ET

EMC Testing Requirements for Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Components

Can you imagine the world without electronic devices? Today’s electronic gadgets, machines and appliances have become an integral part of our lives. The more our electronic devices use newer technologies such as 5G and IoT (Internet of Things), the greater the potential for disturbance (RF interference) among them. The largest challenge for these emerging applications will be RF compliance, not only with regards to regulatory requirements, but also there will be greater emphasis on operational environments to ensure optimal performance and public safety. These rapidly emerging technologies are increasingly affecting the commercial, automotive, and defense industries. This presentation will describe the EMC environment in which these technologies must operate, discuss new approaches to testing, and showcase some new product features and methodologies to address these challenges.

Speaker: Sangam Baligar, Applications Engineer

Sangam Baligar is an Applications Engineer for AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation’s Radiated and Conducted Immunity Systems and test software. Sangam is actively involved in product and system design, development, compliance, Product safety and testing as well as worldwide sales and customer support. Sangam has 9 years of extensive experience in aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, and Information technology and customer service. Email:

PRODUCT DEMO – 11:50 am – 12:05 pm ET

What You Should Expect From Your Test Lab

Whether your business operates in the wireless, telecom, IT, medical or aerospace industries, finding a test laboratory that fits your needs and delivers quality results is crucial. Competition among testing labs is as high as it’s ever been. When you’re preparing to take your product to market, you need to sift through the countless test labs and find the one that meets all your expectations. Most testing facilities can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk?

All test labs are not created equal, with specialties, scope and experience varying considerably. Finding a lab that has the capabilities to adequately test your product to the necessary regulatory standards while providing the appropriate product certifications can be a challenge within itself. But once you find an accredited test lab that meets your product’s needs, the standards to which you hold that lab should not vary.

Join Gordon Hurst from MiCOM Labs as he discusses what you should expect from your test lab.

Speaker: Gordon Hurst, BSc, CEng, MIEE

An expert in wireless technology, Gordon has been involved product development and global regulatory compliance from both manufacturing and testing perspectives for the last 25 years. In 1996, he was Digital Microwave Corporation’s (DMC) Director of Regulatory Compliance, based in San Jose, California and he was previously engaged in several key engineering positions within DMC in East Kilbride, and GEC-Marconi-Avionics (formerly Ferranti) in Edinburgh, Scotland. Gordon is an honors graduate in Communications and Electronics from Napier University in Edinburgh and a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He is the founder and CEO of MiCOM Labs, Inc. an accredited wireless compliance laboratory headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

12:15 – 1:00 pm ET

Advances in Receiver Test Methodologies

Troubleshooting failing emission tests has become a major pain point for every EMC engineer. Localizing intermittent signals or multiple layers of broadband and narrowband signals can be frustrating, even for the most seasoned RF engineer. During this technical session, we will compare different measurement methodologies and demonstrate how previously hidden signals can easily be detected. We will cover measurements such as Frequency Swept, Frequency Stepped and Time Domain Scan as well as real-time spectrum views with persistence mode that allow to differentiate between multiple source signals. EMC engineers as well as Test Laboratories are starting to invest in technology that provides invaluable diagnostic capability and speed of iterative testing to maximize their success in product certification.

Speaker: Bill Wangard

Bill Wangard is the EMI Receiver, Amplifier, and EMC Software Product Manager at Rohde & Schwarz. He has 20+ years of RF and Receiver experience at Motorola and Rohde & Schwarz. Bill authored numerous patents at Motorola.

PRODUCT DEMO – 1:05 – 1:20 pm ET

Modern EMC Receivers and what they can do: The R&S® ESW

Superior noise floor, higher dynamic range, and an intuitive graphical user interface are just some of the attributes of the R&S® ESW EMI receiver from Rohde and Schwarz. Key focus will be placed on advanced measurements such as Time Domain Scan and a real-time mode with persistence display. They enable a dramatically shortened test time, provide revolutionary insight into the time characteristics of emissions, and help in identifying the sources of those emissions.

This demonstration will walk you through the superior intuitive graphical user interface for setting up the configurable pre-selector, executing a scan with and without time domains scan, and analyzing the spectrum with real-time spectrum analysis as well as present numerous other features of the best EMC Receiver on the market, the ESW. Join us and find out what all that hype is about!

Speaker: Bill Wangard

Bill Wangard is the EMI Receiver, Amplifier, and EMC Software Product Manager at Rohde & Schwarz. He has 20+ years of RF and Receiver experience at Motorola and Rohde & Schwarz. Bill authored numerous patents at Motorola.

1:30 – 2:15 pm ET

Advanced EMC Pre-Compliance Debugging with Real-Time Analysis

RIGOL’s new Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers deliver outstanding swept spectrum performance combined with Real-Time analysis capability. Real-time analysis makes capturing, identifying, isolating, and analyzing complex and elusive signals simple; speeding the identification of root causes of unwanted emissions and accelerating the debug and resolution of those design problems. This webinar will focus on Real-Time and Mixed Domain techniques that go beyond standard Pre-Compliance measurements to make advanced EMC debugging possible.

Speaker: Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong is the Director of Product Marketing & SW Applications at Rigol Technologies North America. Chris brings more than 15 years of experience in test & measurement from sensitive measurement applications to multipurpose benchtop test to integrating complete systems controlling instrumentation across a number of platforms. Chris has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Toledo and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

PRODUCT DEMO – 2:20 – 2:35 pm ET

A Simple Production Solution: EESeal® Silicone Rubber Inserts for Connectors

EESeal® Silicone Rubber Inserts for connectors are an easy production solution compared to bulky adapters, filtered connectors, and other traditional EMI/ESD solutions.

Speaker: Scott Lindberg

Mr. Lindberg is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Quell Corporation, Albuquerque, NM. Scott has been in electronics industry for over 30 years and previously worked in the semiconductor industry as VP of Sales & Marketing Operations for Microsemi Corporation. Throughout his career he has served on many boards and committees and occupied most of the executive committee positions for the Electronics Representative Association (ERA). He became a Certified Professional Manufacturer’s Representative (CPMR) early in the program and then became a member and officer for the Board of Governors that has oversight of the program. He also was a member of the executive committee of the Manufacturer’s Representative Educational Research Foundation (MRERF). Lindberg received a B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PRODUCT DEMO – 11:50 am – 12:05 pm ET

New Single Band Amplifier Covers 10kHz to 1000 MHz Frequency Band

Rob Rowe, AR’s Manager of Engineering, demonstrates AR’s “U” series amplifiers. These amplifiers are self-contained, air-cooled, broadband, Class A solid-state amplifiers designed for applications where instantaneous bandwidth, high gain and linearity are required. During this presentation you will see representative models from 1-watt to 100-watts, learn their key features and how the product family benefits your applications, and see a demo of the 100-watt model.

Speaker: Rob Rowe

Rob Rowe graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1978 majoring in both Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Technology. He worked at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems prior to AR and has had extensive exposure to product development and customer support in leading-edge technologies in the telecom, wireless, and computer industries.

Rob joined AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation in April 2008 as the Product Line Applications Specialist for transient and conducted immunity systems. In April 2009, he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager responsible for sales in half of North America.

In July of 2015, he was promoted to Manager Engineering and oversees development of AR’s solid-state line of power amplifiers and electromagnetic products. His experience in applications and sales has given him a unique ability to guide product development towards customer needs while ensuring application of leading-edge technology and best practices to the product lines.

12:15 – 1:00 pm ET

Everything You Need to Know About the Introduction of FFT Technology in MIL-STD-461G

FFT technology, commonly referred to as Time Domain Scan, was implemented in MIL-STD461G which was released in December 2015. The introduction of Time Domain Scan provides great benefit to the MIL-STD-461 community, including the often-marketed speed advantage as well as the ability to properly characterize intermittent signals. Both advantages will be quantified and demonstrated. This presentation will thoroughly explain the contents of Table II, bandwidths and measurement time, which is the portion of the standard modified for the integration of Time Domain Scan. At the conclusion, you will thoroughly understand and be able to communicate the advantages of using Time Domain Scan, as well as the necessary modifications in equipment configuration.

Speaker: Bill Wangard

Bill Wangard is the EMI Receiver, Amplifier, and EMC Software Product Manager at Rohde & Schwarz. He has 20+ years of RF and Receiver experience at Motorola and Rohde & Schwarz. Bill authored numerous patents at Motorola.

PRODUCT DEMO – 1:05 – 1:20 pm ET

Expand Pre-compliance and RF Test Capabilities with the New Multi-function SIGLENT SVA1015 Analyzer

Solving technical challenges in EMI can be a complicated process involving proficiency with different equipment and vendors. The new SIGLENT SVA1015X helps minimize test time by combining a swept superheterodyne spectrum analyzer with a two port VNA. The available Distance to Fault, EMI, and complex impedance measurement options provide more functionality at a lower cost than any other manufacturer in the industry.

Building off of the popular SIGLENT SSA3000X series, the SVA features an improved UI with new touch screen, mouse, and keyboard support.

This presentation will introduce the SVA and highlight some of the features that will help Engineers accomplish more with their time.

Speaker: Jason Chonko

Jason has over 17 years of experience in test and measurement and has seen a little bit of everything.. from nanoamps to gigahertz. He is still amazed at how many things do and don’t work as expected. His primary role at SIGLENT is to help customers get the gear they need to excel.

He graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Kent State University and is dedicated to helping.

1:30 – 2:15 pm ET

COTS Filters for MIL-STD-461 Applications

How to mitigate and select a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) EMI filter for MIL-STD-461 applications.

EMI requirements are often ignored during product and system design. This is because there are typically no set parameters to design an EMI solution during the product design cycle.

Design engineers today are tasked to provide low cost COTS EMI filter solutions for military applications to mitigate unwanted EMI emissions. This presentation identifies EMI noise generators, provides EMI test methods, their limits, the failure modes and finally how to choose proper EMI filter solutions that meets the MIL-STD-461 conducted emissions from 10KHz to 10MHz requirements, and maintain filter attenuation up to 1GHZ and above when installed in the system with additional shielding and isolation between input and output terminations.

Speaker: Rafik Stepanian

Rafik received his BSEE from Wentworth Institute of Technologies in Boston. He has over 25 years plus in engineering, providing EMI solutions for both Military and Commercial applications. Rafik is currently the VP of engineering at ITG Electronics. Previous to that, he worked for Axel Electronics, RFI Corporation and LCR Electronics.

PRODUCT DEMO – 2:20 – 2:35 pm ET

Impedance Impact on CM Chokes with Different Winding Techniques and Wire Shapes

At higher frequencies the impedance of a CM choke becomes an important factor to effectively suppress EMI noise. Based on some experience with different CM choke winding techniques and different shapes of wire with traditional toroid and square core shapes to compare the measured impedance test results, electrical performance and mechanical sizes to help engineers design higher performance CM chokes.

Speaker: Rickey Cheang

Rickey received his MSEE from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has over 5 years plus in magnetics design, and is currently the Field Application Engineer at ITG Electronics. Prior to that, he was an Electrical Engineer at Tri-Net Technology Inc.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

11:00 – 11:45 am ET

EMC Simulation for Automotive Ethernet

The demand for high speed data transmission between electronic systems in modern vehicles has experienced a dramatic increase over the past years. The current generation of infotainment and ADAS systems already requires high data rates that are projected to grow even further in the future, fueled by trends like the upcoming introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles.

BroadR-Reach® is a point-to-point Ethernet Physical Layer standard for automotive applications, allowing full-duplex communication between two devices over an unshielded twisted-wire pair (UTP) at 100 Mb/s, with plans to further increase it to 1000 Mb/s. Unshielded twisted cables are lightweight and cost effective, but they make compliance of the BroadR-Reach® Ethernet with automotive EMC requirements a challenging task. The high data rates and the cable layout can pose significant challenges on designers of automotive electronics. Reliability and safety are of utmost importance, thus potential EMC issues are absolutely critical to assess early in the design process.

This eSeminar will present simulations of EMC related aspects of the automotive Ethernet: the effect of the PCB layout on the emission from an automotive Ethernet channel, crosstalk from the automotive Ethernet channel to other cables inside one harness, and susceptibility of the channel based on the BCI testing method.

Speaker: Patrick DeRoy

Patrick DeRoy is a senior application engineer and market development manager for EMC. DeRoy provides technical support and engineering services to customers, collects their feedback and drives growth efforts and further development of CST’s EMC simulation solutions. DeRoy began work as an application engineer with CST of America in 2012. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from UMass Amherst in 2012, investigating cable modeling and specifically shield transfer impedance modeling, correlating simulation and measurement results. DeRoy’s interests range from emissions and immunity of electronics at the component and subsystem level to RF interference and platform level electromagnetic environmental effects.

PRODUCT DEMO – 11:50 am – 12:05 pm ET

MiCMS® Certification Management System: Solving Today’s Growing Certification Challenges

MiCMS is a cloud based certification management system that gives you complete control and visibility of your certification programs. The streamlined process lists all required documents and forms required for certification with status updates every step of the way. Upload files, receive reviewer comments, and instantly download your certificate with a push of a button. MiCMS archives your completed projects which includes uploaded documentation, certificates and communications for future reference. Access MiCMS securely 24/7 from any location and on any device, all with the convenience of a single interface.

Backed by MiCOM Labs’s international accreditations and network of global regulatory experts, you’ll have access to the fastest and most efficient way to product certification.

Speaker: Gordon Hurst, BSc, CEng, MIEE

An expert in wireless technology, Gordon has been involved product development and global regulatory compliance from both manufacturing and testing perspectives for the last 25 years. In 1996, he was Digital Microwave Corporation’s (DMC) Director of Regulatory Compliance, based in San Jose, California and he was previously engaged in several key engineering positions within DMC in East Kilbride, and GEC-Marconi-Avionics (formerly Ferranti) in Edinburgh, Scotland. Gordon is an honors graduate in Communications and Electronics from Napier University in Edinburgh and a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He is the founder and CEO of MiCOM Labs, Inc. an accredited wireless compliance laboratory headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

12:15 – 1:00 pm ET

Understanding the Role of RTCA DO-160 in the Avionics Certification Process

Understanding RTCA DO-160 EMI and Environmental requirements can seem like a daunting task. In this webinar we will learn some history behind this testing, the various parts that make up RTCA DO-160, and some helpful solutions to problems commonly seen during RTCA testing. We are continuing the theme we started last October when we gave a webinar on MIL STD 461. Note the two standards are similar, but different!

Speaker: Donald L. Sweeney, President | D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc.

Donald L. Sweeney, Senior iNARTE EMC Engineer, is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has over 50 years experience in the electrical engineering field, most of which has been devoted to solving problems in electromagnetic engineering and closely related disciplines. In 1983 he formed D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. specializing in EMC/EMI, Environmental, and Radio consulting and testing. Don teaches an EMC design seminar, is on the IEEE EMC Standards Committee and served on the Board of Directors of the IEEE EMC Society for 18 years. He is also past president of the Chicago Chapter of the IEEE EMC Society. He recently received the Laurence Cummings award for 34 years of service to the IEEEE EMC society.

PRODUCT DEMO – 1:05 – 1:20 pm ET

Wireless Connectivity: Maintaining Order

Wireless device proliferation is growing at an astounding rate. Increased congestion in the RF Spectrum creates challenges anywhere wireless technology is used. From manufacturing facilities to nationwide communication systems, interference issues can have significant effects, from lost revenue to loss of life. What tools are available to help maintain order in the finite RF Spectrum space? Anritsu’s portfolio of Spectrum Analyzers and Monitors provide a wide range of resources to identify and resolve RF related issues.

Speaker: Jeffrey Boettcher, Business Development Manager for Spectrum Monitoring and Interference Mitigation Solutions

Jeffrey Boettcher is a Business Development Manager for Spectrum Monitoring and Interference Mitigation Solutions at Anritsu Company. Jeffrey has 20+ years of combined experience in systems architecture, data analytics and interference identification/mitigation.

1:30 – 2:15 pm ET

The Engineer’s Guide to Selecting Your EMI Filter

This presentation will review different types of noise, why we need filters, limits within the standards, where filters are used, types of filters and their design, selection criteria of a filter, how to interpret the data provided for a filter and proper installation and implementation of filters.

Speaker: David Armitage

David Armitage is Manager of Engineering for Schaffner EMC and has worked in the EMC industry for over 20 years. In his current role he manages the engineering, design, quality and technical efforts for North and South America. David also worked for an EMC compliance test house where he evaluated products to ensure they met the various FCC, CE and Mil standards. He has served as the Expert for Interference Technology’s “Ask the Expert” EMI filtering forum and Co-Authored an article for EC&M magazine. He has a BSEE from Wilkes University, an MBA from Pepperdine University and is a credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP).

Interested in being a sponsor or presenter?

Discover the benefits of participating by viewing last year’s event data. Download the 2017 EMC Live Post-Show Report.

Become a part of EMC Live! A live, interactive audience of engineers is ready and eager to learn about the latest EMI/EMC tips, tools, and products YOU have to offer.


Sign up to receive EMC Live® 2018 updates!


D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc.
Anritsu Company

Media Sponsors