Power Integrity Distribution

Power Integrity and Power Distribution Design Tips

Are you losing sleep over power integrity on your boards? If so, this blog post is one for you.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting a webinar concerning power integrity.  It was a primer on power distribution systems and how to address the issue of getting enough charge to high frequency devices. This prompted me to write this blog post and share some of the ideas that you can implement immediately.

PCB power integrity is impacting design quality like never before

A power integrity problem can be difficult to detect and recreate causing delivery delays. There are a few things you can do today to improve the power integrity of a system, here are my top tips.

  1. The power distribution system of each design must be treated as a Custom Design
  2. Have power and ground planes…
    • On adjacent layers
    • With as thin a dielectric as possible
    • As close to the surface as possible
  3. Between decoupling cap pads and the vias to the planes…
    • Surface traces as short and wide as possible
    • Better: butt up via against the land or use via-in-pad
  4. Place Capacitors (think minimizing current loop areas)
    • As close as possible to the package being decoupled
    • On the same side (top) as the package
    • Some caps under the BGA as well

On-demand and live webinars scheduled

Watch the on-demand version of webinar for a more comprehensive take on improving power integrity. The power integrity webinar is part of a series, more information available here.


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