# Re: [SI-LIST] : Ground gap problem

Mike Hughes ([email protected])
Tue, 04 May 1999 08:44:04 -0400

I am also interested in Rajkumar's question. Mainly the "why" part of it.

If an IC's power and ground pins are connected to planes there are 3 ways to
connect a decoupling cap:

1. connect a cap directly to the planes (using via's) in the vicinity of the IC
(without connecting to the IC).

2. connect a cap to the IC power and ground pins (using traces) without
connecting the cap to the planes.

3. connect a cap to the IC power and ground pins (using traces) AND connect the
cap to the planes (using via's).

The cap should be as close as possible to the power and ground pins to lower
inductance. #3 doesn't seem to be a good idea because of ground loops(?) The
only difference between #1 and #2 seems to be the inductance. Could it be that
using #1 and #2 doesn't matter as long as you get the lowest possible
inductance?

Sorry if this is an old question.

Thanks,
Mike

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rajkumar C [mailto:[email protected]]
> Sent: Monday, April 26, 1999 12:11 PM
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: RE: [SI-LIST] : Ground gap problem
>
> Hi guys,
>
> I have a very basic question.
> Generally, there is a guideline that every
> IC's used in the PCB should have a decoupling
> capacitor near the power and ground pins.
> Here is my question:
> In the PCB, I have a separate power plane and
> ground plane. For all the IC's I am using the Decoupling
> capacitors.
>
> * connect the power and ground pins to the Decoupling
> capacitors first and then connect the capacitors to Planes
> (or)
> * Connect the Power and ground pin to the plane directly and
> have decoupling capacitors connected to power and ground plane
> and also placed near the IC's power supply pin.
>
> In the above two methods which is best and why?
>
>
> Thanks and regards,
> Rajkumar.
>
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