Re: [SI-LIST] : Islands of Power

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From: D. C. Sessions (dc.sessions@vlsi.com)
Date: Fri Mar 03 2000 - 08:07:11 PST


Keith Amundsen wrote:
>
> We have been looking at creative power plane connections. For subsystems on
> a board (of one or more chips) we are considering isolating the power plane
> under each of them. This would be done with a narrow moat between the
> rectangular island and the rest of the power plane. The moat would be
> bridged with ferrites. The island would have a bulk storage (10 or 33uF)
> for each ferrite and a number of bypass (multiple values) capacitors for
> each chip. These would be connected to the solid ground plane. Their are
> many pros and cons to doing this and we thought a wider audience might help.
> Comments?

This is standard Philips practice for low-EMI products. Works like a champ
UNLESS you have fast edge rates, except that we use a double ground plane
to prevent plane-crossing noise and route power on signal layers. When we
use it we are dealing with I/O cells with explicit edge-rate control on the
order of 10 ns -- which may be an issue for you if you don't have access to
edge-rate limited drivers or have timing budgets that won't stand the delay.
If you use this, make sure you use lossy ferrites or resonance will getcha.

-- 
D. C. Sessions
dc.sessions@vlsi.com

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