[SI-LIST] : Parallel Plate Capacitance for Bypass

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From: Hansen, Chris ([email protected])
Date: Fri Mar 24 2000 - 13:25:51 PST

According to specifications, X7R type chip capacitors used for power
subsystem bypass seem to become ineffective above 150 to 200 Mhz. For
frequencies higher up, you are reliant upon the internal parallel plate
capacitance. I have two questions.
1. Is the calculation for the required capacitance that is needed for the
parallel plate capacitance the same as that used for a discrete chip
capacitor bypass network, or is there a conservation of charge situation
where the real answer is Cpp*dVnoise = Cload*dVchange? (where Cpp = parallel
plate capacitance, dVnoise = tolerable change in power supply voltage, Cload
= sum of load capacitance being switched simultaneously, dVchange = voltage
change through driver output switch).
2. If you have a power plane sandwiched between 2 ground planes, does the
parallel plate capacitance double for a given area?
Thank you,
Chris Hansen
Sr. Design Engineer
DPT & Adaptec Companies

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