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Higher-order virtual ground fence design for filtering power plane noise

: Engin, A.E.; Ndip, I.; Lang, K.-D.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society:
IEEE 20th Workshop on Signal and Power Integrity, SPI 2016. Proceedings : 8-11 May, 2016, Starhotel Majestic, Turin, Italy
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0349-5
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0348-8
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0350-1
Workshop on Signal and Power Integrity (SPI) <20, 2016, Turin>
Fraunhofer IZM ()

The virtual ground fence (VGF) has been recently proposed to filter power plane noise in GHz frequency range. The VGF has distinct advantages over existing approaches, such as power islands and electromagnetic bandgap structures: the IR drop is not increased; transmission-line return-path discontinuities can be avoided; and the design procedure is simple. The basic VGF is created by using quarter-wave resonators referenced to the power or the ground plane. At the design frequency, the resonator creates an ac short circuit between the power and ground planes. An array of such resonators then can be placed in electrically short intervals to create a virtual ground fence. Power plane noise will then ideally be shorted to ground at the location of the VGF. The operation principle is then similar to the series resonance of a decoupling capacitor, which is usually ineffective in the GHz frequency range.