The System Designer's Guide to... ™
System Analysis

by: Brad Griffin

Data is driving disruptive industries and trends, with 90% having been generated in only the last two years. 80% of this data is unstructured and only 2% of this data has been analyzed.

System-level analysis of complex and high-speed electronic designs is critical to solve electromagnetic, electrothermal, and electromechanical simulation challenges and to ensure that the system works under wide-ranging operating conditions.

The electrothermal analysis of ICs and electronic systems is made more complex by interconnected electrical and thermal effects. Increased electrical content logically generates more heat, which affects the system performance of electronic devices. In this book, the author focuses on EM and thermal analysis in the context of data center electronics systems.

Be sure to also download the companion guide for end-to-end solutions to today’s design challenges.

ISBN: 978-1-7370232-2-7

Brad Griffin is a product marketing group director in the System Analysis Group at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in electronics design technologies that enable the design and analysis of integrated circuit packaging and printed circuit board systems for high performance applications such as datacenters, 5G, WiFi6, and 3D-IC. Griffin is a graduate of Arizona State University.

Cadence enables electronic systems and semiconductor companies to create the innovative end products that are transforming the way people live, work, and play. Cadence software, hardware and semiconductor IP are used by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company’s System Design Enablement strategy helps customers develop differentiated products—from chips to boards to systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud datacenter, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial, and other market segments. Cadence is listed as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. Learn more at
This book has been technically reviewed by the following expert:

Lee Ritchey

Founder and President, Speeding Edge

Chapter Summaries

  • Chapter 1

    Data Center Infrastructure and Requirements Related to Electronics Systems

    Chapter 1 looks into the role data centers play in electronic system design, and how they should be configured for the tasks at hand.
  • Chapter 2

    Challenges in Design and Development of Electronics Systems

    Chapter 2 examines the many challenges facing system designers, including electromagnetic, thermal, and electromechanical problems at the IC and PCB level.
  • Chapter 3

    Limitations of Today’s Electronics System Design

    Chapter 3 focuses on the variety of limitations that today’s electronics system designers face as data becomes evermore complex and the industry seeks alternatives past Moore’s law.
  • Chapter 4

    The New Electronics System Design Solution

    Chapter 4 outlines a new path forward for systems designers seeking to solve design issues before they become problems on the manufacturing floor, and why power integrity analysis is so critical in this arena.

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Lee Ritchey

Lee Ritchey is one of the industry’s premier authorities on high-speed PCB and system design. He is the founder and president of Speeding Edge, an engineering consulting and training company. He conducts on-site private training courses for high technology companies, and also teaches courses through Speeding Edge and its partner companies. In addition, Lee provides consulting services to top manufacturers of many different types of technology products including Internet, server, video display and camera tracking/scanning products.

Prior to founding Speeding Edge, Lee held a number of hardware engineering management positions including program manager for 3Com Corporation in Santa Clara, and engineering manager for Maxtor. Previously, he was co-founder and vice president of engineering and marketing for Shared Resources, a design services company specializing in the design of high-end supercomputer, workstation and imaging products. Earlier in his career, he designed RF and microwave components for the NASA Apollo space program and other space platforms. Ritchey holds a BSEE degree from California State University, Sacramento.