Power supply compensation for capacitive loads

Jonathan L. Fasig, Barry K. Gilbert, Erik S. Daniel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


As ASIC supply voltages approach one volt, the source-impedance goals for power distribution networks are driven ever lower as well. One approach to achieving these goals is to add decoupling capacitors of various values until the desired impedance profile is obtained. An unintended consequence of this approach can be reduced power supply stability and even oscillation. In this paper, we present a case study of a system design which encountered these problems and we describe how these problems were resolved. Time-domain and frequency-domain analysis techniques are discussed and measured data is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Engineering Consortium - DesignCon 2007
Number of pages14
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
EventDesignCon 2007 - Santa Clara, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 29 2007Feb 1 2007

Publication series

NameInternational Engineering Consortium - DesignCon 2007


OtherDesignCon 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Clara, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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