A Novel Power Plane With Super-Wideband Elimination of Ground Bounce Noise on High Speed Circuits
Tzong-Lin Wu, Senior Member, IEEE, Chien-Chung Wang, Yen-Hui Lin, Ting-Kuang Wang, and George Chang
Abstract—A novel L-bridged electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) power/ground planes is proposed with super-wideband suppression of the ground bounce noise (GBN) from 600 Mz to 4.6 GHz. The L-shaped bridge design on the EBG power plane not only broadens the stopband bandwidth, but also can increase the mutual coupling between the adjacent EBG cells by significantly decreasing the gap between the cells. It is found the small gap design can prevent from the severe degradation of the signal quality for the high-speed signal referring to the perforated EBG power plane. The excellent GBN suppression performance with keeping reasonably good signal integrity for the proposed structure is validated both experimentally and numerically. Good agreement is seen. Index Terms—Electromagnetic bandgap (EBG), ground bounce noise (GBN), high-speed digital circuits, power integrity, signal integrity, simultaneously switching noises.



ROUND bounce noise (GBN), also known as simultaneous switching noise (SSN), on the power/ground planes is becoming one of the major concerns for the high-speed digital computer systems with fast edge rates, high clock frequencies, and low voltage levels. The resonance modes between the power and ground planes excited by the GBN causes significant signal integrity (SI) problems and electromagnetic interference (EMI) issues for the high-speed circuits [1]–[3]. With fast increase of the clock speed of the high-speed digital circuits, the elimination of this noise is essential. Adding decoupling capacitors to create a low impedance path between power and ground planes is a typical way to suppress the GBN. However, in general, these capacitors are not effective at frequencies higher than 600 MHz due to their finite lead inductance. Recently, a new idea for eliminating the GBN is proposed by designing electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) structure on the ground or power plane [4]–[7]. The first EBG power/ground plane design was demonstrated with 1.7 GHz stop-band bandwidth centered at 3.77 GHz [4]. Because the GBN is dominantly distributed at the low frequency range below 6 GHz [4], several researches focus on the EBG power plane design to either lower the stop-band center frequency or broaden the stopband bandwidth for more efficiently suppressing the low frequency GBN. Although a design of the

inductance-enhanced high impedance surface (HIS) and the concept of cascading EBG structures with different stop-bands were proposed to achieve wider bandgap bandwidth [5], [6], there are some drawbacks. One is the substantial increase in fabrication cost because three or four layers metal are needed for implementing the HIS and much more power/ground planes area are occupied to cascade different stop-band EBG. The other is the performance is degraded at the transition frequency range between the two stop-bands for the cascading design. Furthermore, to our best knowledge, the stop-bands in the previous designs are all distributed above 1 GHz and would not cover the hundred MHz ranges, where the GBN energy is dominant. A novel power plane designed with a coplanar EBG structure is proposed in this work with 4-GHz stop-band covering from 600 MHz to 4.6 GHz. Without needing three or four layers metal, the proposed structure is based on the two-layer concept with designing a novel periodic EBG patterns on the power plane and still keeping continuous for the ground plane. The unit cell of the EBG power plane is consisted of one square pad and four L-shaped bridges on each side of the pad. The L-shaped bridges connecting between pads not only significantly broaden the stop-band, but also keep the signal quality not degraded for the signal traces referring to the EBG-patterned power plane due to the increase of the mutual coupling between the neighboring pads. The distinctive behavior of the new EBG power plane both in super-wideband suppression of the GBN and keeping good SI is validated by measurement and simulation. II. STRUCTURE DESIGN AND GBN SUPPRESSION A. Design Concept Fig. 1(a) shows the proposed L-bridged EBG power/ground planes design. The ground plane is kept continuous and nine cells EBG with L-shaped bridges are etched on the power plane. The unit cell of the L-bridged EBG and its corresponding parameter notations is shown in Fig. 1(b). Compared with the traditional coplanar EBG structure with straight bridges [7], [8], the L-shaped bridge significantly increase the effective inductance between adjacent cells and thus increase the stop-band bandwidth. However, it is known that the signal quality will be degraded as the high-speed signal refers to the perforated reference plane such as the proposed EBG power plane. The L-bridged EBG plane could significantly ease the damage of the imperfect power plane to the signal quality because the mutual capacitance between adjacent cells can be increased by decreasing the gap . Decreasing will narrow the stop-band

Manuscript received June 8, 2004; revised September 27, 2004. This work was supported by the National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C., under Grand NSC91–2213-E-110-034. The review of this letter was arranged by Associate Editor J.-G. Ma. The authors are with the Department of Electrical of Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan, R.O.C. (e-mail: wtl@mail.ee.nsysu.edu.tw) Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/LMWC.2005.844216

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respectively. The original point (0. 1(a). 45 mm). the degradation of the perforated power plane to the signal quality is needed to be evaluated. 3. As shown in Fig.: NOVEL POWER PLANE 175 Fig. (a) 3-D view and the locations of three ports. for measurement of the insertion loss of the structure. 4. 0. The EM tool HFSS is used to simulate the GBN behavior of the structure. B. slight difference between them is seen at higher frequencies above 4 GHz. bandwidth for the traditional EBG structure with straight bridge due to the decrease of the bridge length (inductance). Excellent agreement between the measurement and simulation from dc to 6 GHz is seen. (b) Parameters of a square unit cell. it is clearly seen that the L-bridged EBG power plane behaves highly efficient GBN elimination with averagely 60 dB suppression in a wide-band range from about 600 MHz to 4. 15. port2 and port3. 0) is on the left corner of the PCB board as shown in Fig.5 mm. Fig. respectively. 0. It implies that the low-period EBG power planes can omni-directionally eliminate the GBN on the power/ground planes. Four layer structure with transmission line transit between the L-bridged EBG power and solid ground plane.WU et al. Fig. Fig. 4. Broadband GBN Suppression Fig. III. Compared with the reference board. As shown in Fig. Comparison of jS j between the nine-cell PBG board and the reference board by the HFSS simulation and the measurement. Measured GBN suppression behavior for the noise excitation located at different locations. we consider a signal trace of 80 mm passing from the first layer to the fourth layer and back to the first layer with two via transitions along the path. The second and third layer is the L-bridged EBG power and solid . It is seen that the broadband GBN suppression behavior is almost the same for different excitation location of excitation.2 mm. 1(a). 2. The receiving port is all at port1. The insertion loss of the reference board with both power and ground planes being solid is also presented in this figure for comparison.4 mm. Fig.65 mm. Fig. three ports from 1 to 3 for the boards are located at (46 mm. Nine-cell EBG board. (74 mm.1 mm. but its effect is relatively small for the L-shaped bridge design because the bridge is parallel to the edge of the cell. Nine square unit cells are etched on the power plane with their corresponding parameters 30 mm. 3 shows the measured GBN suppression behavior for the noise excitation located at different locations. 1. 45 mm).2 mm. SIGNAL INTEGRITY FOR THE EBG POWER PLANE Although the novel EBG power plane demonstrates super wideband suppression of the GBN with a cost effective design of using only two layers metal.6 GHz (4 GHz bandwidth). 2 shows the measured and simulated for the designed L-bridged EBG power/ground planes. respectively. and 0. port2 and port3. Because the dispersion property of the FR4 substrate is not considered in the modeling. 1 shows an example design on a two-layer PCB with the dimension 90 mm 90 mm 0. 7. 74 mm) and (74 mm. The bandwidth is defined by the insertion loss lower than 30 dB.

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