Instructor profile István Novák

Dr István Novák

Principal Signal and Power Integrity Engineer, Samtec, Boston, USA


Dr. Novák is a Life Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to signal-integrity modeling, measurements and simulations. He has 40+ years of experience in high-speed and high-power electronics designs as well as teaching and consulting. He is the lead-author of the book "Frequency Domain Characterization of Power Distribution Networks", published in 2007, and the executive editor of the book "Power Distribution Design Methodologies," published in 2008. He isn invited technical blogger on the EDN, SI-Journal and PCB007 websites.

At Samtec he is currently working on new technologies that enable customers to improve power delivery and increase data speeds beyond 100Gbps.

Until 2018 he was with Oracle, Boston, where he was leading and mentoring a team of signal and power-integrity engineers at Oracle doing 10 - 25 Gbp passive-channel characterization, designs and modeling, as well as power distribution and new technology developments for high-performance server platforms.

During the past twenty years he has been doing the high-speed power-integrity and signal-integrity designs of SUN's and Oracle's successful T5, T3, T2000, T1000, V880, V490, V440 midrange server families. He developed signal-integrity and power-integrity strategies, simulation, measurement and validation procedures. He introduced the industry's first super-thin laminates into volume-produced server PCBs, and drove several industry cooperations to improve power distribution and bypassing technologies. He was SUN's representative on the InfiniBand Cable and Connector Workgroup.

Previously Dr. Novák advised the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) on signal-integrity and EMC issues for Fibre Channel data-collection systems of the Large Hadron Collider.

Dr. Novák had his technical education from the Technical University of Budapest, and his Ph.D. degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He organized and led the High Speed Technology Team at the Technical University of Budapest, where his teaching activity covered transmission lines and wave propagation, communications systems, EMC and signal-integrity issues of high-speed designs.

He holds twenty five patents in the field of power distribution, signal integrity, precision measurements and digital signal processing, and published over one hundred technical papers. DesignCon 2020 honors Dr. István Novák as 2020 Engineer of the Year! Dr. Novák's homepage.

Dr. Novák has been a member of the Continuing Education Institute-Europe faculty since 1992.

Course 053 Mastering Power Integrity with Signal Integrity and EMC Foundations

Course 054 Signal and Power Integrity: Advanced High-Speed Design and Characterization

Course 055 Signal Integrity: Advanced High-Speed Design and Characterization

Course 056 Power Integrity: Advanced Design and Characterizationower