Chad M. Smutzer received a BSEE from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He is
currently a Senior Engineer at the Mayo Clinic Special Purpose Processor Development
Group where he performs signal and power integrity analysis.
Recent studies indicate that the industry is nearing the precipice where plated through hole via technology has reached a limit in supporting serial links with 28 GHz Nyquist frequency requirements. At DesignCon2021, a team from the Mayo Clinic presented this paper about their work to extend the “life” of conventional PCB technology.