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4 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2017 You've heard it before: "If you don't have signal integrity issues, you will." New low-loss materials are constantly be- ing rolled out to help with signal integrity, and most EDA companies now offer some flavor of tool that can design high-speed, high-frequency boards. But signal integrity continues to perplex PCB designers and design engineers. Signal Integrity Signal Integrity: The Experts Weigh In by the I-Connect007 Team SiSoft Preparing for DDR5 Simulation Next Year Interview with Walter Katz Insulectro Teams with Isola to Address Signal Integrity Needs Interview with Chris Hunrath & Norm Berry FEATURE COLUMNS When Do Traces Become Transmission Lines? by Barry Olney Practical Modeling of High-Speed Backplane Channels by Bert Simonovich Casual Power Plane Models by Istvan Novak The Impact of Final Plated Finishes on RF PCB Performance by John Coodrod Tangential Thoughts: Loss Tangent Values by Martyn Gaudion 12 46 50 20 26 36 54 58 46 50 58 54 12 October 2017 Featured Content

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