Board Design

Nuvation architects and develops digital and mixed-signal printed circuit boards (PCBs). We have an impressive track record for first-time-right PCBs, including high-speed, high-density, analog, and RF and wireless designs.

Services can include PCB layout and prototyping, pre-production design verification, regulatory certification, test fixture development, and transition to offshore manufacturing.

Areas of Expertise:

  • High-speed serial up to 14Gb/sec circuits (Fibre channel FC8, FDR InfiniBand, PCI Express Gen 3, HDMI, SATA, XAUI)
  • High-speed parallel (DDR memory interfaces, proprietary FPGA and DSB buses)
  • High-density/high-pincount designs, involving advanced PCB technology (microvias, via-in-pad, ultra-fine pitch BGAs)
  • Mixed-signal boards requiring noise/power isolation
  • Impedance-controlled, transducer-interfacing, and sensitive signal designs
  • RoHS/WEEE compliant Lead (Pb)-Free designs
  • EOL and cost-reduction redesigns
  • Quick-turn projects
  • DFM for high-yield, low-cost production
  • DFT (ICT coverage, JTAG test vector development)
  • DFx (volume production ready including BIST and test fixtures)

Project Examples

Optical Spectrum Analyzer

Optical Spectrum Analyzer
  • Extremely tight form factor constraints (80x105mm)
  • PCI Card Interface
  • FPGA, DSP, and MCU with fine-pitch BGAs, Actives on both sides
  • 18 layer PCB, extremely high-density

Set Top Box

Setop Box
  • ADSL 2+ Analog Front End
  • Digital Video board
  • RF Receiver, mixed signal design
  • Custom power supply
  • DFx Regulatory Certification
  • Offshore manufacturing

Infiniband to 10GbE XAUI

  • 22,000 net, 24 layer PCB
  • Circuit speeds up to 3.125GHz serial and 150 MHz DDR
  • Completed in 5 months, first-time-right with 0 cuts & jumps
  • Many similar successes in telecom/datacom, broadcast video, and defense applications

Virtex II Pro to TigerSharc

Virtex II Pro to TigerSharc
  • TigerSharc TS201 and Virtex II Pro DSP Co-Processing
  • Designed, developed, and integrated FPGA daughtercard with (beta) TS201 EZ-Kit
  • FPGA RTL & DSP code for interface and verification
  • Project start to completion in 3.5 weeks

Board Design Tools

  • Altium Designer
  • Cadence ORCAD
  • Cadence Allegro Layout
  • Mentor DxDesigner
  • SI Simulation tools
  • Mentor HyperLynx
  • Mentor PADS and Expedition Layout
  • ADS Field Solver, HFSS
  • Polar tools for PCB stackup
  • Corelis Boundary Scan
  • Full hardware bring-up lab with DSO, DMM, Pattern Generators, Logic Analyzers, Rework stations