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Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB Design

On Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB Design, All electronic components transistors, analogue, and digital ICs require power supplies for proper biasing. In most cases, the power supply rails (such as ±5V, ±12V or 3.3V etc.) are produced from linear power supply or switch mode power supply techniques. Both have rectification and filtering or regulation stage before feeding to the electronic circuits.   The linear power supplies have low-frequency ripple noise, whereas the switch-mode power supplies have high-frequency ripple noise.

Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB Design1
Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB Design1

1.In the electronic printed circuit boards (PCBs) a lot of capacitors are found.

The quantity and value of capacitors become higher as the switching frequency of the IC rises. On the other hand value of the capacitors in the power supplies varies inversely so that their value decreases as the frequency of pulsating dc (ripples) increases.

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Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB Design2

2.The ICs degrade their output performance if there is any type of ripple noise in.

This noise effect is more apparent in the analogue ICs as compared to the digital ICs.  All ICs require a certain level of power supply regulation which is a small fraction of the required power supply mentioned in their datasheets. The power supply requirements and noise margins are becoming more and more stringent as the requirements of ICs are becoming low.

3.Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB DesignA  decoupling capacitor

An ordinary capacitor placed very close to the supply pin of the component suppresses ripple noise from dc power supply and fulfilled the instantaneous current requirements of an IC. It removes very tiny ripples from power supplies that are already smoothed and regulated. They also act as an instantaneous power supply backup source for an IC when the voltage drops down due to IC switching. It is a common practice to place a network of decoupling capacitors, i.e. a combination of different high value (hundreds of µF), medium value (a few tens of µF), and low-value capacitors (a fraction of µF), as shown in figure

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Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB Design3

1. This practice is effective for circuits where the noise of multiple frequencies is apparent in. This occurs in the voltage levels either due to power supply bad regulation, length of power cables, PCB and wire parasitic, switching frequencies and EMI effects, etc. The most commonly used values for small decoupling capacitors are 100nF, 220nF, and 470nF. They are connected to the IC power pin (such as ±5V, 3.3V), connecting one side to the power supply pin and the other side to the circuit current returns (ground). They are placed as close as possible to the pin but not compromising over the minimum components to component clearance, as shown in figure 2.

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Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB Design4

Figure 1: Decoupling capacitors network schematics

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Power Supply Noise Decoupling in PCB Design5

Figure 2: Decoupling capacitors placement

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