RE: [SI-LIST] : How do you use buried capacitance?

Sweetman, Eric (esweetman@lucent.com)
Mon, 14 Jun 1999 09:20:26 -0400

Steve,
I agree except for your statement about capacitance being inversely
proportional to the plane separation. In fact, the capacitance of a
parallel plate capacitor is proportional to A/d (A=area of plates,
d=separation). The energy storage, on the other hand is E=(1/2)*C*V^2,
which is proportional to 1/d^2.
Eric Sweetman

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> From: Steve Weir[SMTP:weirsp@a.crl.com]
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> Sent: Friday, June 11, 1999 5:05 PM
> To: si-list@silab.eng.sun.com
> Subject: Re: [SI-LIST] : How do you use buried capacitance?
>
> Chris,
>
> The theory is pretty straightforward, this is just a parallel plate
> capacitor. The thrill is that Zycon offers a fairly thin dielectric, so
> the capacitance is much better than what is possible with typical
> fiberglass. For 10mil separation between planes, the approximate
> capacitance is 100pF per square inch. With Zycon, the separation is
> 2mils,
> so we get 25X the capacitance per square inch = 2.5nF/"^2. Because this
> is
> a plate capacitor, it has very high bandwidth. Because it is distributed
> across the PWB assembly, we get very good load sharing. This also helps
> the return current coupling as the signal trace moves from one plane to
> another.
>
> You will still need to use bulk capacitors for mid-frequency decoupling,
> ie
> some number of 100nF, and multi-microfarad caps.
>
> Regards
> At 10:17 AM 6/11/99 -0700, you wrote:
> >I understand the priciples behind buried capacitance. What I don't
> >understand is how you use it when designing a board.
> >
> >Is it only used for decoupling?
> >
> >How do you figure out how much decoupling capacitance it is equivalent to
> >for a particular IC?
> >
> >Do you use it along with your standard decoupling capacitors (for added
> >effect)?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Chris
> >
> >
> >
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